Vermont women #1 healthy eaters; NY ranks #13
A new health survey shows women in New York eat pretty healthy compared with women in many other states.
A recent analysis by iVillage.com, a NBC Universal Company, ranks women in the Empire State #13 for eating five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
But we've got nothing on neighboring Vermont, where women are ranked #1 for eating their greens.
The survey, called “State of Women: How Healthy are Women in America”, looks at a variety of categories, including rates of diabetes, obesity, smoking, heart disease and cancer screenings and many others.
It finds that New York women rank high in longevity (#4), and are among the least likely to die of a gunshot wound. (#3). On the downside, they have higher levels of diabetes(#39) and cholesterol(#41). iVillage says nearly 40-percent of New York women have cholesterol levels that are too high, which puts them at risk for heart disease.
In addition to eating healthy, Vermont women are among the most physically active(#3). But women there have some of the highest rates of depression (#46), skin cancer(#49), and asthma(#50).
The Burlington Free Press looked behind the Vermont numbers a little. When it comes to asthma, they found that Vermont women "have extraordinary access to health care," and so, may be diagnosed more than women in other states. Plus, "Cold air also aggravates asthma."
Amy Gendron is president of Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics told the Free Press that the survey provides reason to celebrate. Eating healthy helps keep diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and high cholesterol low in Vermont.
But she says "The science is less clear on the relationship between what a person eats and the diseases that Vermont does have high incidence of like lung disease, depression, alcoholism, and breast cancer.”
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