Hawaii is thousands of miles away from the continental US, but the people of the state do not seem to be in any way worse off. As the Thrillist reports, America's 50th state is also the healthiest in the nation.
This finding comes from the United Health Foundation, which publishes the "America's Health Rankings Annual Report" every year. Factors that affect both physical and mental health and social well-being are taken into account.
"For nearly three decades, the America's Health Rankings Annual Report analyzes a comprehensive set of behaviors, public and public health policies, community and environmental conditions, and clinical care data to provide a holistic view of the health of people across the nation "The Foundation writes on its website.
Hawaii has been named the healthiest state in the US nine times since 1
After Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Utah are the nation's healthiest states. The report also highlights the most unhealthy conditions – or, as the Foundation delicately puts it, those who "have the most room for improvement". Overall, Louisiana was the worst, mainly because of the high smoking rate, obesity and children living in poverty (28 percent). Mississippi is 49th, followed by Alabama, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Maine saw the biggest overall improvement, having jumped seven places to 16th. It improved especially in the areas of smoking and child poverty. Oklahoma was the state that saw the biggest decline. The number of obesity and physical inactivity also increased.
For the full report, please see [PDF] for more information on the state of health of the nation, or scroll down to view the state ranking.
6. New Hampshire
10. New York
11. New Jersey
13. North Dakota
14. Rhode Island
25. South Dakota
33. North Carolina
35. New Mexico
43. South Carolina
44. West Virginia