It was nice to see Gov. Mike Pence out recently on Mishawaka’s Riverwalk. No argument here that promoting a healthy lifestyle among Indiana residents is a worthy cause. Hoosiers’ weight problems and other bad habits invariably land the state at the bottom of the nation’s wellness barometer.
America’s Health Rankings, for example, in December listed Indiana 41st in its annual review and revealed the state is slipping in the wrong direction.
Among the metrics: Nearly a quarter of Indiana residents smoke, including 17 percent of pregnant women (double the national average), and more than 30 percent of adults are obese. The state’s infant mortality rate ranks 47th worst in the nation. Among 1,000 Indiana babies born last year, eight died before their first birthday.
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