Utah is healthy state

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Utah — where one in every 1.4 residents is a Latter-day Saint — ranks as the third healthiest state in the nation, according to a study released Nov. 17 at the American Public Health Association's annual conference in San Francisco.

The report by the United Health Foundation shows Utah has a low prevalence of smoking, a low rate of deaths from heart disease and a low rate of cancer deaths. There's also a low violent crime rate, strong high school graduation rate and low total mortality rate in Utah, according to the Associated Press.

The state was topped only by Minnesota and New Hampshire, which tied for top honors. Utah finished fourth in the 2002 rankings, which are based on a variety of factors such as smoking, motor vehicle deaths, high school graduation rates, children in poverty, access to care, disabilities and incidence of preventable disease.

The report is based on data from the U.S. Departments of Health, Commerce, Education and Labor, the National Safety Council and the National Association of State Budget Officers.

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