May 2, 2014 6:56 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
A new report from the CDC finds many deaths from the nation's top killers could have been prevented.
Heart disease, cancer, lung illness, stroke, and unintentional injuries account for two-thirds of the deaths in the United States, and the report shows death rates vary widely by state.
In California, more than 13,000 deaths could have been prevented between 2008 and 2010, according to the report. That's compared to 260,000 nationwide.
Experts say the healthiest states tend to have strict tobacco control, policies that encourage patients to improve blood pressure and cholesterol, and communities that encourage exercise.
To view the CDC's full report, click here.
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