It’s that time of year again when the United Health Foundation releases its health rankings for each U.S. state.
It’s no surprise that the organization notes that obesity and diabetes continue to be at epidemic levels in a number of areas. It also highlights high blood pressure and sedentary behavior at troubling rates.
UHF uses data from a number of difference sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, Census Bureau, and Department of Education. Rates of exercise, crime, diseases, substance abuse, immunization accessibility, and premature birth rates are among the 24 health measures they look at to come up with the rankings.
Although Americans are living longer lives, they’re also sicker with chronic illnesses, USA Today said of the report. The thing is, with the advancement of medical science, more people are able to live with conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association said that states ranking poorly in many areas need to take “lessons from things they do well and apply them more vigorously to the things they are not doing well," the paper notes.
The CDC reports that life expectancy is now 78.5 years in the U.S. They also say that premature deaths, cancer deaths and deaths from cardiovascular disease are all down.
Here’s the official list -- with Vermont ranking as the healthiest state and Mississippi and Louisiana tying for the unhealthiest.
North Dakota (tied)
For additional details on this report, click here.