Hawaii is the healthiest state in America — a position it’s held four of the past five years, according to an annual report from the United Health Foundation. Rounding out the top five for the second consecutive year are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Utah, in order of their rankings.
America’s Health Rankings Annual Report is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health : “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The report includes 35 parameters in five categories, including behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and health outcomes. In this year’s rankings, the differences between the highest and lowest scores are smaller than in 2017, indicating that the gap between the top and bottom states has narrowed.
The five unhealthiest states in 2018 are Louisiana at the very bottom, followed by Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Since 1990, New York has risen from 40 to 10 on the list — the greatest improvement of any state — and Vermont, Maryland, and California each moved up more than 10 places, to 4, 19, and 12, respectively. Also during that time, Wisconsin dropped from 7 on the list to 23, and Oklahoma and Kansas fell 15 places each, to 47 and 27.
Sourced from: United Health Foundation