These Are the Healthiest (and Least Healthy) States in the US

America's Health Rankings Annual Report is the longest-running yearly assessment of the country's health on a state-by-state basis, the foundation's website says.

Arizonans' overall health is in decline, according to a study from the United Health Foundation's "America's Health Rankings" study.

The Bay State obtained the distinction in part due to possessing the reasonable percentage of uninsured residents at just 2.7% of the population, plus a meager pervasiveness of bulk and a vast numeral of mental health contributors. The state's rankings for smoking, Salmonella, and immunizations for children all declined since 2016. The report also ranked the states from healthiest to least healthy.

Overall, Massachusetts scored best of any state in health care policy and clinical care quality. The state has the lowest rate of low birthweight and the least disparity in health status between people who did and did not finish high school.

However, despite being the overall healthiest state in the country, the survey found that MA, along with its New England neighbors New Hampshire and Rhode Island, had experienced large increases in drug death rates, owing much in part to the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Hawaii came in second, Vermont third, Utah fourth and CT fifth.

A new report brought top honors to MA.

"This year's findings demonstrate that our focus on improving health outcomes is making a real difference in the lives of MA families and communities", said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.

The first is to take after the "ABCs" recommended by the government Million Hearts program, which calls for headache medicine when suitable, circulatory strain control, cholesterol administration and smoking discontinuance.

The second is to reduce smoking nationwide through measures such as increased tobacco taxes and making all workplaces smoke-free.

The third is for the government to find a way to lessen the opioid scourge, including more careful endorsing of medications by specialists.

The fourth step is to decrease obesity by measures such as taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages.

In the past 10 years, drug deaths increased 98% from 5.0 to 9.9 deaths per 100,000 population.

  • Eleanor Harrison