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Health & wellness

C-plus rating for Mass. on health

Massachusetts is making strides toward reducing childhood obesity but still has a way to go in improving health education and public health funding, according to a health and wellness report card being released Tuesday by two nonprofit groups.

The annual report card from the Boston Foundation and NEHI, a health policy think tank, gave Massachusetts an average grade of C-plus in 14 categories related to healthy living, up from C minus in 2011. The state improved in the health of school meals, public health funding, and food deserts — neighborhoods without retailers selling healthy options — but dropped from a B-plus to a B in biking and walking because of safety concerns. Other grades, including for youth physical activity and trans fats regulation, were unchanged.

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