To no one's surprise, the aloha lifestyle works wonders on health. Hawaii is the healthiest state in America, according to the 2015 analysis of public health put out by the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association.
And it might be far from paradise, but New England isn't doing too shabby either. Four of the six states that make up the region made it into the top ten.
To compile the list, the two organizations look at everything from personal behaviors, like smoking and exercise, to measures of community well-being such as air pollution, violent crime, high school graduation rate, premature deaths, child poverty, diabetes, health insurance and public health funding. Fortunately, as a whole, the country is showing some improvement, with decreases in preventable hospitalizations, physical inactivity, smoking rates, and an increase in the prevalence of recommended vaccinations. However, diabetes, obesity, drug deaths, and the number of children living in poverty are still on the rise.
They found some interesting tidbits about each state, too. If you live in New York, apparently, you're more likely to be sleep deprived than residents of other states (Thank you, garbage truck that always seems to be backing up on my street at 5am.); if you live in Colorado, you've probably exercised recently; and if you live in West Virginia, you're most likely to drink excessively.
So, if you're seeking a healthy environment to live, consider the states below (9 out of the top 10 are repeat winners) — and probably not Louisiana:
- New Hampshire
And here's the bottom 10:
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
You can read the full report here.
How did your state do?
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