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Are you happy? Don’t worry — be satisfied

We Americans may have, as Thomas Jefferson declared (and the Continental Congress confirmed on July 4, 1776), an inalienable right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but are we happy? And what exactly makes us happy, anyway?

Minnesota ranks 32nd in obesity; can you be obese and healthy?

According to a new report issued jointly this week by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, fewer Minnesotans are obese than people living in many other states. Specifically, we’re 32nd on the report’s list.