State of Women's Health: Our Methodology and Sources

How healthy are women in America? To answer this question, iVillage looked at all 50 states to see how women are faring when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Our report leverages the most recent data that is broken down by both gender and state.

For each category (such as physical activity), every state was given a rank between 1 and 50 -- #1 is the healthiest and #50 is least healthy.

Data for asthma, binge drinking, high cholesterol, dental care, diabetes, depression, fruits and vegetable consumption, heart disease, high blood pressure, mammograms, overweight and obesity, Pap smears, physical activity and smoking comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Rankings for breast, cervical, colon, lung, ovarian and skin cancers comes from the National Cancer Institute State Cancer Profiles database.

Data on death due to firearms and life expectancy comes from Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts database.

Health insurance coverage rate data comes from the Fact Sheet Health Insurance Coverage of Women by State.

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