Wyoming, South Dakota health ranks in the middle of the states

(AP and KEVN) – A recent report ranks Wyoming as the 26th healthiest state in the country, reaching its poorest ranking since 2001.

In neighboring South Dakota, that ranking was 24, the same as last year which was the lowest health score since 1990 when America’s Health Rankings released its first report.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the America's Health Rankings report indicates the state of Wyoming was dragged down by high work-related deaths, the high level of uninsured and a poor record of immunizations.

South Dakota’s issues also included a high occupational death rate; as well problems with immunizations and a high incidence of salmonella.

The report by the advocacy group United Health Foundation evaluated states on 35 factors in five categories that included behaviors, clinical care and outcomes.

South Dakota’s strengths were in air quality, lack of mental distress and low prevalence of diabetes.

Wyoming received high scores for its low number of cancer deaths, low diabetes numbers and low air pollution levels.