Healthiest States in America – Where does your state stand?

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.

  1. Vermont
  2. Utah
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Hawaii
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Minnesota
  7. Connecticut
  8. Colorado
  9. Maine
  10. Rhode Island
  11. Washington
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Oregon
  14. Idaho
  15. Iowa
  16. Nebraska
  17. North Dakota
  18. New Jersey
  19. Wyoming
  20. South Dakota
  21. Maryland
  22. Virginia
  23. California
  24. Kansas
  25. New York
  26. Montana
  27. Arizona
  28. Pennsylvania
  29. Illinois
  30. Michigan
  31. New Mexico
  32. Delaware
  33. Ohio
  34. Alaska
  35. Indiana
  36. Florida
  37. North Carolina
  38. Missouri
  39. Texas
  40. Arkansas
  41. Kentucky
  42. West Virginia
  43. Georgia
  44. Tennessee
  45. Nevada
  46. South Carolina
  47. Louisiana
  48. Alabama
  49. Oklahoma
  50. Mississippi

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:

  1. Change our model to practice true prevention.
  2. Increase exercise programs for adults and children.
  3. 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.

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2 Comments

Filed under Diet, Public Health

2 responses to “Healthiest States in America – Where does your state stand?

  1. Lynn Thurston

    Perhaps one shouldn’t underestimate the health benefits of stacking wood-we do a lot more of that in New England than they do in the South!

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