When it comes to brain health, Illinois doesn’t exactly shine — at least according to a new state-by-state ranking.
America’s Brain Health Index released it’s 2011 rankings Thursday, and took Illinois down a notch — from 29th in 2009, to 30th this year.
The index is compiled by the National Center for Creative Aging and life’sDHA, a nutritional supplements company, as part of a national education campaign called Beautiful Minds: Finding your Lifelong Potential.
There were 21 brain health indicators used in the ranking, among them time spent sleeping, level of community involvement, religious and spiritual activities and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the index, Illinois’ strengths included active game players, a high consumption of fish rich in DHA and a low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease-related deaths. The state’s challenges were listed as a low breast-feeding rate, a low consumption of DHA-fortified foods and supplements (DHA is an Omega-3 fatty acid) and a low level of religious or spiritual activity.
This year’s brain-healthiest state was Maryland, and Mississippi ranked last.