US Health Ranking Puts Vermont First, Louisiana Last

Southern states plagued by high obesity, smoking rates
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2008 4:28 PM CST
Stephanie Cummings weighs Robbie Phillips, a member from the YMCA's after-school program in Charleston. West Virginia is one of the country's unhealthiest states.   (AP photo)
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(Newser) – Move over, Mississippi: Louisiana is now America’s unhealthiest state, Reuters reports. An annual state-by-state report that measures factors like smoking, obesity, and health insurance coverage also put Vermont at the top for the second year in a row. The five healthiest states are:

  1. Vermont
  2. Hawaii
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Minnesota
  5. Utah

And the five unhealthiest:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. South Carolina
  4. Tennessee
  5. Texas

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