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At a glance: Oklahomans' health ranks low in national averages

Many fried foods are part of the Oklahoma state meal.
Modified: February 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013

• Biscuits

• Sausage and gravy

• Fried okra

• Squash

• Grits

• Corn

• Black-eyed peas

• Cornbread

• Strawberries

• Pecan pie

Source: Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma health stats

Adults in Oklahoma report some of the highest rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity and heart disease in the nation.

• Stroke: Stroke was the fifth-leading cause of death in Oklahoma in 2007, resulting in more than 2,100 deaths.

• Heart disease: 9,798 Oklahomans died from heart disease in 2006, about 28 percent of the deaths in the state.

• Diabetes: Diabetes is the sixth-leading cause of death in Oklahoma. Oklahoma ranked seventh highest in the nation for the prevalence of people living with diabetes in 2009.

• Diet and exercise: Only 1 in 7 of Oklahoma adults report eating fruits and vegetables five times or more per day, making the state the worst in the nation. The state ranks 49th-worst in the U.S. for amount of physical activity.

Sources: National Vital Statistics Report, 2009; 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; State Health Department 2011 State of the State's Health Report


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