Compared with last year, there has been a little shake up in the rankings this year of the healthiest state.
Vermont edged out Minnesota, but the real take away message from the United Health Foundation annual survey is: health rankings for all states show a decline in health. That my friend is not good news at all.
The survey is based on a variety of health indicators as well as state policy regarding health. Here are some of the factors taken into consideration for the rankings: obesity rates, tobacco and alcohol use, high school graduation rates, as well as state laws and regulations promoting better health. The survey also measures access to health services and also environmental issues like pollution, infectious disease rates, and crime.
The top 5 states are:
1. Vermont (also voted best state for raising children)
4. New Hampshire
If your state is not in the top and you want to see where it ranked, just read more