In America, the island life is best for your health according to the United Health Foundation’s report, which ranks Hawaii as the healthiest state in the U.S. 

The Northeast dominated the rest of the top five. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the unhealthiest states were in the South.

The rankings are the result of 35 health factors grouped into categories: "the behaviors that we are choosing in our lifestyle; the community and environment where we live; the public policy that happens at a state level; and the clinical care that we receive when we go to the doctor and the hospital ultimately influence the outcomes around our health," Rhonda Randall, who worked on the report, told CNN.

Apart from ranking individual states, the report found some troubling national trends. Obesity has hit an all-time high: nearly one in three U.S. adults are obese. The rate of obesity was 31.3 percent in 2018, an increase of 5 percent from last year. Premature death also rose 3 percent compared to the previous year, while deaths from suicide have increased 12 percent since 2012. On the sunnier side, childhood poverty decreased 6 percent. 

 

Published on Nov 19, 2019