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November 30, 2010

New Jerseyans are just about the most able-bodied citizens in the country, as only 15 percent are limited with any physical, mental and emotional problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The only state with a better percentage, according to the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, is Hawaii, with 14.9 percent. Nationwide, the rate is 18.9 prevent, with some states such as West Virginia (27.1 percent), Oklahoma (25 percent) and Kentucky (24.8 percent) reporting much higher rates of disabilities. Other states with rates lower than the national average include Illinois (16 percent), Georgia (16 percent) and Iowa (16.4 percent).

When it comes to adults with health problems that require the use of special equipment, New Jersey again has one of the least disabled populations, with 5.8 percent. That’s slightly above Hawaii (5 percent), Utah (5.3 percent), Alaska (5.6 percent) and Colorado (5.7 percent) but way below Alabama (10.2 percent), West Virginia (10.2 percent), Mississippi (9.6 percent), South Carolina (9.5 percent) and Kentucky (9 percent). It also is below the nationwide average of 7 percent.

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