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December 04, 2006 07:00 ET

Find Out Your State's Ranking, Along With an Assessment of Its Health, and How It Compares to Other States

**EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00AM (ET) - DEC. 5, 2006!**

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 4, 2006 -- One of the most comprehensive annual reports on health in America has been released.

United Health Foundation, together with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Partnership for Prevention, is providing an in-depth, state-by-state analysis, along with rankings of each state according to nearly 20 proven health measures. This year's report also underscores the urgency for a national call to action because:

--  The percentage of babies dying within their first year of life is
    higher in the United States than in 35 other industrialized countries.
--  Nearly 25 percent of all Americans are considered clinically obese.
--  Health disparities among minorities are shocking: Minorities are dying
    at higher rates when compared to white Americans. The life expectancy for
    African American males is 69. That was the life expectancy for white males
    in 1974, more than 30 years ago. Racial minorities are also less likely to
    get or have access to preventive health services.
    

In addition, this year's report provides unprecedented research showing that in some states as health care spending goes up, health care quality actually goes down.

Sound on tape:

--  Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP / Senior Vice President, UnitedHealth
    Foundation

B-roll:

--  Exercising, Smoking, Overweight People//Infants & children shots// and
    2D animation/USA map graphic depicting study results


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