Posts Tagged ‘States’

Let’s Not Be Idle!

May 22, 2017

Physical activity has been shown to be beneficial for a variety of reasons . . .

  • Control Your Weight.
  • Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.
  • Reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Reduce Your Risk of Some Cancers.
  • Strengthen Your Bones and Muscles.
  • Improve Your Mental Health and Mood.

So, how active are you?  Here are the best and the worst states by the percentage of people who are over 50 years of age who engage in NO physical activity whatsoever . . .

States with the lowest percentage of non-active seniors:
1. Colorado (18%)
2. Oregon (20%)
2. Washington (20%)
4. Idaho (21%)
5. Vermont (22%)

States with the highest percentage of non-active seniors:
1. Arkansas (39%)
2. Mississippi (36%)
3. Oklahoma (35%)
3. Kentucky (35%)
4. Louisiana (34%)
4. West Virginia (34%)

Source: May 2017 AARP Bulletin; 2014 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; numbers are rounded; respondents reported activity level over the previous month.

Origins of State Names!

March 13, 2017

Happy Monday!  Do you know how your state got its name?  Here is an informative infographic that details this very thing.  Enjoy!

How All 50 U.S. States Got Their Names[Source: Today I Found Out]

The Right to Bear Arms!

September 21, 2016

Want to know how your state rates when it comes to the percentage of adults who own guns (data for 2013)?   The September issue of the AARP Bulletin provided a map comparing all of the states (source: Injury Prevention).  I’m not exactly sure how this was measured (Legally owned? Registered/permitted?) , so I’m reticent to totally accept the accuracy of these percentages . . . but for purposes of the conversation, a starting point.  I’m wondering if Illinois’ percentage failed to include the city of Chicago?

Highest to Lowest
1. Alaska (61.7%)
2. Arkansas (57.9%)
3. Idaho (56.9%)
4. West Virginia (54.2%)
5. Wyoming (53.8%)
6. Montana (52.3%)
7. Alabama (48.9%)
8. North Dakota (47.9%)
9.  Hawaii (45.1%)
10. Louisiana (44.5%)
11. South Carolina (44.4%)
12. Mississippi (42.8%)
13. Kentucky (42.4%)
14. Tennessee (39.4%)
15. Nevada (37.5%)
16. Minnesota (36.7%)
17. Texas (35.7%)
18. South Dakota (35.0%)
19. Wisconsin (34.7%)
20. Colorado (34.3%)
21. Iowa (33.8%)
21. Indiana (33.8%)
23. Florida (32.5%)
24. Arizona (32.3%)
25. Kansas (32.2%)
26. Utah (31.9%)
27. Georgia (31.6%)
28. Oklahoma (31.2%)
29. Virginia (29.3%)
30. Michigan (28.8%)
30. Vermont (28.8%)
32. North Carolina (28.7%)
33. Washington (27.7%)
34. Missouri (27.1%)
34. Pennsylvania (27.1%)
36. Oregon (26.6%)
37. Illinois (26.2%)
38. District of Columbia (25.9%)
39. Maine (22.6%)
39. Massachusetts (22.6%)
41. Maryland (20.7%)
42. California (20.1%)
43. Nebraska (19.8%)
44. Ohio (19.6%)
45. Connecticut (16.6%)
46. New Hampshire (14.4%)
47. New Jersey (11.3%)
48. New York (10.3)
49. Rhode Island (5.8%)
50. Delaware (5.2%)

Who’s Being Charitable?!

January 20, 2015

In a recent issue of the AARP Bulletin, in the “State News” section, there was a comparison of the charitable giving by state.  The source was The Chronicle of Philanthropy analysis of Internal Revenue Service data.  The states were compared according to the donations to charity as a percentage of adjusted gross income in 2012.  Hmm, as it would work out, the most “charitable” states are predominantly in the south, while the least charitable are in the northeast.   Here are the top five (5) and the bottom five (5); Oklahoma was toward the higher end of the spectrum (3.94%).

Most Charitable:
1. Utah (6.56%)
2. Mississippi (4.99%)
3. Alabama (4.81%)
4. Tennessee (4.45%)
5. Georgia (4.20%)

Only three other states were at or above 4.00% — South Carolina (4.13%), Idaho (4.09%), and Washington, DC (4.00%).

Least Charitable:
1.  New Hampshire (1.74%)
2. Maine (1.95%)
3. Vermont (2.00%)
4. New Jersey (2.01%)
5. Rhode Island (2.07%)

Emergency Care!

September 19, 2014

When illness or injury strikes, you certainly want to be able to access efficient and effective emergency care.  Do you know how accessible emergency care is in your State?  In the September issue of the AARP Bulletin, the American College of Emergency Physicians ranked the 50 states (and the District of Columbia) on their access to emergency care.  Oklahoma was ranked at #40.

Most Accessible
1.  District of Columbia
2.  Pennsylvania
3.  Maine
4.  Massachusetts
5.  Ohio
6.  Missouri
7.  Delaware
8.  North Dakota
9.  Nebraska
10.  Rhode Island

Least Accessible
41.  Alabama
42.  California
43.  Idaho
44.  Hawaii
45.  South Carolina
46.  Georgia
47.  Texas
48.  Arizona
49.  Florida
50.  New Mexico
51.  Nevada

Here’s to Your Health!

July 10, 2014

So, where does your state rank when it comes to the health of its residents aged 65 and older?  Here are the rankings from 1 (most healthy) to 50 courtesy of the July-August 2014 issue of the AARP Bulletin.  Hmm, Oklahoma was next to last!

1.  Minnesota
2.  Vermont
3.  New Hampshire
4.  Massachusetts
5.  Iowa
6.  Hawaii
7.  Connecticut
8.  Colorado
9.  Utah
10. Maryland
11. North Dakota
12. Delaware
13. Maine
14. Nebraska
15. Oregon
16. Washington
17. Pennsylvania
18. Kansas
19. South Dakota
20. Wisconsin
21. Virginia
22. Arizona
23. New York
24. Idaho
25. California
26. Michigan
27. New Jersey
28. Ohio
29. North Carolina
30. Florida
31. Rhode Island
32. Indiana
33. Missouri
34. Wyoming
35.  Montana
36. South Carolina
37. Illinois
38. New Mexico
39. Texas
40. Alaska
41. Tennessee
42. Nevada
43. Georgia
44. Mississippi
45. Kentucky
46. Arkansas
47. West Virginia
48. Louisiana
49. Oklahoma
50. Alabama

Source: United Health Foundation, “America’s Health Rankings, Senior Report, 2013”

 

Let’s Get Off Of The Couch!

May 10, 2014

There has been a lot of talk lately (and for several past years) about the overweight and obesity issues that seem to be plaguing the United States.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this is an issue for both adult as well as children . . .

The best way to attack this issue would be through diet and physical exercise, but we seem to continue to fall short.  Well, it’s the weekend . . . why don’t you take that first step and do something to increase your activity or exercise?

In this month’s AARP Bulletin, there was a graphic that showed the percentage of adults who met suggested exercise guidelines in 2011 broken down by state.  Here are the five “best” states (highest percentage of residents who met the exercise guidelines) and the five “worst” states (lowest percentage of residents who met the exercise guidelines).  I was not surprised to find Oklahoma toward the bottom of the list — they did not make the bottom five (JUST BARELY), but they would have made the bottom ten (6th worst percentage at 16.2%).  Regardless, none of these percentages are anything to get too excited about.

The best:
1.  Colorado (27.3%)2.  District of Columbia (26.3%)
3.  Alaska (25%)
4.  Arizona (24.2%)
5.  California (23.7%)
5.  Hawaii (23.7%)

The worst:
1.  Tennessee (12.7%)
1.  West Virginia (12.7%)
2.  Mississippi (14.2%)
3.  Alabama (15%)
4.  Louisiana (15.5%)
5.  South Dakota (16%)

Source: AARP Bulletin (May 2014) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Volunteer Week!

April 6, 2014
National Volunteer Week celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. – See more at: https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_week#sthash.WNudqCe1.dpuf
National Volunteer Week celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. – See more at: https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_week#sthash.WNudqCe1.dpuf

National Volunteer Week helps to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary things being done by ordinary people to improve their communities.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating Service” to honor individuals who are taking action and solving problems in their communities. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of this event.

Here is the Presidential Proclamation designating April 6th through April 12th as National Volunteer Week.

Here are some links to websites and statistics of interest re: volunteerism:

Here is the list of some other special days/weeks related to volunteerism that are celebrated in North America.

And, in the April issue of AARP Bulletin, they outline the percentage of “boomer-aged” residents who volunteered in each state, 2010-2012 (Source: Corporation for National and Community Service).

The States with the highest percentage of “boomer” volunteers:
1. Utah (47.1%)
2. Nebraska (42.3%)
3. Minnesota (41.5%)
4. Kansas (40.2%)
5. South Dakota (39.9%)

The States with the lowest percentage of “boomer” volunteers:
1. Arkansas (21.5%)
2. Louisiana (22.1%)
3. Florida (22.2%)
4. Kentucky (22.6%)
5. Tennessee (23.2%)

National Volunteer Week celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. – See more at: https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_week#sthash.WNudqCe1.dpuf
National Volunteer Week celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. – See more at: https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_week#sthash.WNudqCe1.dpuf

Living on Less!

December 29, 2013

As retirement approaches, are you financially prepared for the reality of less income?  After reaching age 65, most people’s income drops drastically.  Here is a breakdown by state of the median household income (for 2012) for individuals between 45-64 years of age compared to those 65 years of age or more.  The states where retirees bring home the least are highlighted in red, the states where retirees bring home the most are highlighted in green.

45-64 65+ 45-64 65+
AL  $50,583  $32,287 MT  $52,080  $34,941
AK  $80,208  $46,666 NE  $65,509  $35,655
AZ  $56,242  $39,083 NV  $56,218  $40,181
AR  $46,767  $30,891 NH  $77,833  $41,445
CA  $70,182  $42,406 NJ  $84,227  $43,254
CO  $68,891  $41,985 NM  $51,416  $34,727
CT  $85,472  $41,947 NY  $66,980  $37,246
DC  $65,365  $46,926 NC  $53,487  $33,749
DE  $67,439  $42,211 ND  $67,356  $34,462
FL  $52,960  $36,415 OH  $57,396  $33,901
GA  $56,749  $35,371 OK  $52,881  $33,397
HI  $75,924  $59,378 OR  $57,448  $38,428
ID  $55,721  $34,040 PA  $63,394  $33,942
IL  $67,510  $37,161 RI  $68,994  $35,510
IN  $57,662  $34,636 SC  $50,521  $34,541
IA  $61,484  $34,731 SD  $60,247  $34,913
KS  $61,740  $36,516 TN  $61,040  $32,963
KY  $50,280  $30,023 TX  $61,330  $36,675
LA  $51,206  $30,935 UT  $72,437  $42,491
ME  $56,035  $33,358 VT  $62,278  $36,848
MD  $87,178  $47,949 VA  $75,977  $41,982
MA  $79,754  $38,233 WA  $70,251  $41,474
MI  $57,665  $35,504 WV  $46,865  $29,897
MN  $71,902  $37,428 WI  $62,757  $34,652
MS  $34,250  $38,388 WY  $68,925  $36,362
MO  $54,578  $33,906

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (AARP Bulletin, December 2013).

Are You Insured?

October 18, 2013

Everyone knows that health care is an expensive proposition (and very few people can afford to pay the full costs themselves).  And, while most Americans have private health insurance or participate in public programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid, there are still many Americans who find themselves uninsured due to their meager finances and/or uncoverable pre-existing conditions.  When it comes to the uninsured (residents age 18 or older), which states have the highest percentage and which states have the lowest percentage?  Oklahoma, at 21.4% finds itself closer to the higher percentage of uninsured and is definitely within the top quartile.

Lowest percentage of uninsured adults:
1. Massachusetts (4.5%)
2. Puerto Rico (6.7%)
3. District of Columbia (7.5%)
4. Vermont (9.2%)
5. Delaware (9.6%)

Highest percentage of uninsured adults:
48. Florida (22.8%)
49. California (23.2%)
50. Nevada (23.3%)
51. Louisiana (24.0%)
52. Texas (28.8%)

Sources: AARP Bulletin, October 2013; Stats for 2012 except for Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia which were from the 2011 U.S. Census; Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.