What’s the Healthiest (And Unhealthiest) State in America?
We’ve heard a lot about the need to improve our bodies in recent years, so if you really want to get into tip-top shape you may want to move to this state.
America’s Health Rankings, an annual study of the nation’s well-being, has concluded that the healthiest state is Hawaii, which has never finished below sixth since the study was launched in 1990, proving that a lifestyle of luaus and surfing is just what the doctor ordered.
Mississippi, meanwhile, is the unhealthiest state, leading a parade of Southern states that perhaps feast too much on a diet of fried anything and everything, couch surfing and packs of menthol.
Maine doesn't fare that badly, coming in at 16th overall.
The rankings are created by looking at a variety of factors, including data about smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, drinking, high school graduation rates and children in poverty.
Healthiest States in America
5. New Hampshire
9. North Dakota
10. New Jersey
15. New York
19. Rhode Island
22. South Dakota
32. New Mexico
35. North Carolina
43. South Carolina
46. West Virginia