Recent findings suggest Hawaii to be the healthiest state in the US.
In an article published by the Huffington Post, a list compiled based on information from the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention including data gathered from the FBI, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau, finds Hawaii at the top of the list of the healthiest states in the US.
Hawaii holds the top spot “for reasons including smoking prevalence decreasing to 14.6 percent of adults from 16.8 percent a year ago,” and violent crimes “decreased from 287 offenses per 100,000 people, to 239 offenses per 100,000 people in the past year.”
The list finds Vermont and Minnesota at #2 and #3, respectively. Also in the top 5 are Massachusetts (#4) and New Hampshire (#5).
Most southern states, including Tennesee, South Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas were found at the bottom of the list ranging from #43 to #50 for a variety of reasons, including the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension, poverty, crime and sedentary lifestyles. So much for southern hospitality!
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