A health comparison, completed recently by the New Mexico Department of Health, finds New Mexico among the top 15 states in key health-related areas including fewest number of cancer or stroke deaths, highest rate of adult seatbelt use, and lowest number of overweight or obese adults.
New Mexico has the sixth lowest rate of cancer deaths and the seventh lowest number of deaths by stroke. The state also does well on several other health issues, such as adult safety belt use (9th highest nationwide), heart disease deaths (10th lowest), adult binge drinking (13th lowest) adult obesity (15th lowest), youth alcohol use (15th lowest), and infant mortality (16th lowest).
New Mexico is still at or near the bottom with respect to unintentional injury deaths (50), drug overdose deaths (50), alcohol-induced deaths (49), and births to girls age 15-19. In the last five years, New Mexico has made the greatest improvements in youth alcohol use and youth smoking.
For more information, go to: http://nmhealth.org/news/information/2015/8/?view=294