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“Vermont is the best state in America” — the Washington Post

That’s the headline on a recent post on the WaPo’s “GovBeat” blog. And no, they’re not making a blanket statement, but a focused judgment on one very important measurable: the health of our children.

Across a range of metrics, the Green Mountain State excels, according to the latest data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fewer than one in four Vermont children are overweight or obese. More than 81 percent have access to medical and dental care . Nearly 99 percent have health insurance. And one-third of all Vermont children report exercising at least 20 minutes a day.

The Post cites a variety of policies and programs for putting Vermont at the very top for children’s health, from 1989’s Dr. Dynasaur to UVM’s Vermont Child Health Improvement Program to efforts by the Department of Children and Families (which has received a torrent of criticism over the deaths of three young children) to integrate the delivery of services, to 2006’s Blueprint for Health.

Maybe there’s something to this idea of liberal government actually being able to accomplish positive things for its citizens.