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Minnesota ranked as fifth healthiest state in U.S.

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The United Health Foundation has ranked Minnesota as fifth healthiest state in the United States.

The Land of 10,000 Lakes received strong marks for its low rates of premature death and deaths from cardiovascular disease, low prevalence of sedentary lifestyle and diabetes and a high rate of high school graduation.

The United Health Foundation did find challenges for Minnesota's health, however. The state faces challenges due to a high incidence of infectious disease, low per capita public health funding and high prevalence of binge drinking—which the study found is a common challenge among Midwest states.

South Dakota and Iowa ranked 27 and 20 in the study, respectively.

South Dakota showed strengths for its low levels of air pollution, few poor mental and physical health days per month and low incidence of infectious disease. The ranking also stated South Dakota has challenges with a high prevalence of binge drinking, low immunization coverage and high geographic disparity within the state.

Iowa showed strengths through its high rate of high school graduation, low percentage of children in poverty and few poor mental and physical health days per month. However, its also faces a challenge with binge drinking, limited availability of primary care physicians and high incidence of infectious disease.

Vermont was the healthiest state while Louisiana and Mississippi tied for 49th. Click here to see the full rankings.

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