Health Of Louisiana Dead Last

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The overall health of Louisiana is nothing to brag about since it's ranked the worst in the nation.

The America's Health Rankings Annual Report from the United Health Foundation ranks the Pelican State 50th in the nation, down from 49th last year, swapping spots with Mississippi.

The good news is Louisiana has a higher rate of mental health providers and a low incidence of pertussis.

The bad news is smoking is on the increase, the number of children living in poverty is unchanged at 28 percent and cardiovascular deaths are on the rise.

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