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CDC ranks Arizona men in low health

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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 1:12 pm | Updated: 12:46 pm, Tue Jun 21, 2011.

More than 85,000 adult men in Arizona quit tobacco last year, according to the state Department of Health Services. They represent the lowest overall rate of cancer in the country, including prostate cancer.

But a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report puts Arizona men in the bottom half of rankings for their overall health.

According to the CDC, 73 percent of men in Arizona are overweight or obese, and compared with the U.S. average, Arizona men are more likely to have high cholesterol. Almost half of Arizona men skip regular exercise and three out of four don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. They also rank worse than the national average in stroke, obesity, high blood pressure and heavy drinking.

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