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Vermont Healthiest State; Louisiana Deemed Unhealthiest

Vermont Healthiest State; Louisiana Deemed Unhealthiest

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(OrganicJar) Vermont is the healthiest U.S. state, while Louisiana is the least healthy, according to the 19th annual America’s Health Rankings report, issued by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the Partnership for Prevention advocacy group.

The rankings are based on 22 health measures, including factors that affect a population’s future health and ones that measure health outcomes that have already occurred. It was the second year in a row that Vermont earned the healthiest distinction. The next healthiest states were Hawaii (second place), New Hampshire (third), Minnesota (fourth), and Utah (fifth). Mississippi, which ranked as the unhealthiest state last year, came in 49th this year; above Mississippi were South Carolina (48th), Tennessee (47th), and Texas (46th).

The report also says that attempts to improve the health of Americans are not making notable progress. About 1 in 4 Americans is considered obese, putting them at risk for such health problems as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Download your states report here: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/2008/reportdownload.html

Source: americanhealthrankings.org

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  1. I need to visit Vermont.

  2. This makes me wonder what the typical Vermont diet is being one of the coldest states in the union. I can see Hawaii due to climate, abundance of fish and fruits, but Vermont? When I moved from Florida to Pennsylvania I gained more weight then ever, now I live in North Carolina where my weight seems to change according to seasons since my job consists of sitting near a computer for most of the day.

  3. What about Iowa? They have restaurants here called “The Machine Shed”, wow. Hugeness everywhere. But…go VERMONT! I’d love to visit there sometime.

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