Annual list of healthiest (and unhealthiest) states is out
It's about that time to make New Year's resolutions, like quitting smoking and getting healthy -- but America's healthiest states have already been determined by the United Health Foundation's research is in, for this year anyway.
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The list defines health as a combination of physical, mental and social well-being -- and let's just say the results might not come as a total shock.
Check out some of the benchmarks on the list from healthiest to unhealthiest:
1. No Lei-ing Around
Hawaii is once again the healthiest state in the United States. The Aloha State scores well for having a low prevalence of obesity, low rates of preventable hospitalizations and few "poor mental health" days.
2. East Coast, Represent
Despite being the home of Ben & Jerry's, Vermont comes in second on the healthiness spectrum, followed by Massachusetts. Apparently, they're taking it easy on the Chubby Hubby.
3. Most Improved Player
While New Hampshire rounds out the list at number 5, North Carolina showed the biggest improvement. The state moved up six places, in large part due to the increase of immunizations among children.
4. Nowhere to Go But Up
Louisiana ranks at the very bottom, and Mississippi isn't far behind at 49th -- but that southern cooking is hard to give up.
Curious about how your state measures up? Check out the complete list of health rankings across the U.S.
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