At a glance: Oklahomans' health ranks low in national averages
Many fried foods are part of the Oklahoma state meal.
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• Sausage and gravy
• Fried okra
• Black-eyed peas
• 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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