How Healthy Are Women in Maine?

Women in Maine are eating more than just their state’s famously-fresh seafood -- they’re also consuming ample amounts of fruits and veggies, awarding them the second healthiest diet in the country. Plus, they exercise regularly at rates that exceed nearly every other state, and with 89 percent of Mainers carrying health insurance, keeping those mammogram and Pap smear appointments is no problem for Pine Tree State women.

Unfortunately, Maine slips when it comes to keeping its female residents happy. The state may be known for its pristine natural beauty, but it also has the second highest rate of depression in the nation, with a staggering 30 percent of women here being diagnosed.

See where Maine ranks on the health issues below. Remember, #1 is healthiest; #50 is least healthy.

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #20
2 Cases of breast cancer #32
3 Cases of asthma #47
4 Cases of lung cancer #48
5 Get Pap smears #7
6 Have health insurance #3
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #35
8 Get mammograms #7
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #44
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #14
11 Smoke cigarettes #33
12 Cases of depression #49
13 Die from gunshot wounds No Statistical Data Available
14 Cases of cervical cancer #10
15 Cases of heart disease #40
7 Go to the dentist #26
8 Cases of high cholesterol #24
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #2
10 Physically active #9
11 Live the longest #22
12 Cases of diabetes #21
13 Cases of high blood pressure #32
14 Are obese or overweight #23
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