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Oklahoman's health lags behind nation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new report shows Oklahomans continue to smoke more, exercise less and die younger than their national counterparts.

But the 2008 State of the State's Health Report released Wednesday also shows Oklahoma has made progress in some areas.

The report shows Oklahoma's child immunization rates rank among the top half of the country and that more Oklahomans are gaining health insurance through a new state program. The report also shows the adult smoking rate in Oklahoma dropped in 2008 to less than 25% for the first time ever.

Of the 33 key health indicators analyzed in the report, Oklahoma received a "D" or "F" grade in 24 categories.

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