How Healthy Are Women in North Carolina?

North Carolina women need to get moving! Here, only 44 percent of women exercise regularly, one of the worst showings in the country. And bumping up the physical activity could help reduce its rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure—all of which are (again) some of the worst in the country.

But it’s not all bad news for the Tar Heel State. An impressive amount of Pap smears likely accounts for the relatively low rate of cervical cancer. And luckily, the state steers clear of binging – only 6 percent of North Carolina women admit to excessive drinking.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #7
2 Cases of breast cancer #27
3 Cases of asthma #12
4 Cases of lung cancer #30
5 Get Pap smears #10
6 Have health insurance #36
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #38
8 Get mammograms #17
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #16
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #40
11 Smoke cigarettes #27
12 Cases of depression #23
13 Die from gunshot wounds #21
14 Cases of cervical cancer #15
15 Cases of heart disease #35
7 Go to the dentist #35
8 Cases of high cholesterol #41
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #40
10 Physically active #44
11 Live the longest #40
12 Cases of diabetes #41
13 Cases of high blood pressure #41
14 Are obese or overweight #37
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