My blogs often focus of how unhealthy America is. This is a bit of a switch. Below you will see what states are considered the healthiest states ranked from #1 to #50. I am happy to see my state (Vermont) is number one. It must be all the work I’m doing is paying off!
The list below was taken from the 20th edition of America’s Health Rankings. It takes into account obesity rates, smoking rates and exercise tendencies among other things to calculate it’s results. See the full report here.
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
- New York
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
New England clearly has something figured something out. With 6 states in the top 10 it is by far the healthiest region in the country. This is likely due in part to the outdoor lifestyle that many people lead in this part of the country. Getting out and staying active is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
The South has major issues. It occupies 8 of the bottom 10 spots. Diet is a major factor there, although socioeconomic factors cannot be ignored.
Health care in this country is at a crossroads and I think reports like this are beneficial to get an idea of what works and what does not.
In my opinion three things need to happen to reduce health care costs:
- Change our model to practice true prevention.
- Increase exercise programs for adults and children.
- Move away from the low fat paradigm and towards a low carbohydrate one.
If we can meet those three criteria, health, not just health costs, will improve.