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:
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:
*Comparison is based on the annual growth rate of 1990 to 2000 compared to 2000 to 2011.