5 Most, 5 Least Healthy States

Hawaii tops annual list
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2018 6:50 PM CST
5 Most, 5 Least Healthy States
A hiker and her dog makes her way along the steep trail to the Makapu'u lighthouse, one of Barack Obama's favorite hikes in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Lucy Pemoni)

(Newser) – For the past 29 years, the United Health Foundation (a nonprofit arm of health care and insurance company UnitedHealth Group) has ranked the 50 states in terms of overall health. For the first time since starting the America's Health Rankings report, a senior adviser tells CNN, obesity went up 5% from last year to this year. The obesity rate for adults in America is now at an all-time high of 31.3%, she says. But there are also positive trends, like an increase in the number of mental health providers across the nation. The report looks at 35 measures to put together the rankings; those measures range from lifestyle choices to public policy, health care, environment, and more. The five healthiest states for 2018:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut
  4. Vermont
  5. Utah
Read on for the five least healthy.

  1. Arkansas
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Alabama
  4. Mississippi
  5. Louisiana
Find out where your state ranks on CNN's interactive map. (These five lifestyle habits have a "huge effect" on longevity.)

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