The nation’s top 10 healthiest states

General Health

United Health Foundation has released its annual report, “America‘s Health Rankings,” and the news is not good. The state-by-state study shows that America‘s health did not improve at all between 2010 and 2011. In the last decade, the annual improvement in American‘s health actually declined by 69% compared to the 1990s.*

Key findings of the report include:

  • Obesity has increased by 137%, from 11.6% of the population to 27.5% in 2011.
  • Smoking decreased from 17.9% to 17.3% of the adult population. But tobacco use is still responsible for approximately one in every five deaths.
  • Diabetes diagnosis has increased significantly in the last five years. Approximately 8.7% of American adults have received a diagnosis of diabetes.

Dr. Reed Tuckson, board member of United Health Foundation, said, “[T]his year‘s Rankings sends a loud wakeup call that the burden of preventable chronic disease will continue to get worse unless we take urgent action.”

According to the report, the top 10 healthiest states are:

  1. Vermont
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Connecticut
  4. Hawaii
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Minnesota
  7. Utah
  8. Maine
  9. Colorado
  10. Rhode Island
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*Comparison is based on the annual growth rate of 1990 to 2000 compared to 2000 to 2011.