The Healthiest And Unhealthiest States - Forbes.com

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The Healthiest And Unhealthiest States

Rebecca Ruiz, 11.17.09, 12:01 AM EST

New England states top this new set of rankings, while the South still lags.


See: America's Healthiest And Unhealthiest States America's Health RankingsTM: The Only 20-Year Scorecard of Our Nation's Health -->

This annual ranking, published by the United Health Foundation, looks at 22 indicators of health, including everything from how many children receive recommended vaccinations, to obesity and smoking rates, to cancer deaths. (Insurer UnitedHealth Group funds the foundation.) Scores for each state are determined by gathering data from a variety of government and nongovernmental databases and then calculating how much each state is better or worse than the national average for each measure. Click here to see the report. The below chart lists the final results in addition to rank changes in specific categories over the past 20 years.
2009 STATE RANKINGS
1Vermont
2Utah
3Massachusetts
4Hawaii
5New Hampshire
6Minnesota
7Connecticut
8Colorado
9Maine
10Rhode Island
11Washington
12Wisconsin
13Oregon
14Idaho
15Iowa
16Nebraska
17North Dakota
18New Jersey
19Wyoming
20South Dakota
21Maryland
22Virginia
23California
24Kansas
25New York
26Montana
27Arizona
28Pennsylvania
29Illinois
30Michigan
31New Mexico
32Delaware
33Ohio
34Alaska
35Indiana
36Florida
37North Carolina
38Missouri
39Texas
40Arkansas
41Kentucky
42West Virginia
43Georgia
44Tennessee
45Nevada
46South Carolina
47Louisiana
48Alabama
49Oklahoma
50Mississippi
RANK CHANGE OVER 20 YEARS
Top 10 SmokingBottom 10 Smoking
1Rhode Island41West Virginia
2Virginia42Illinois
3Maryland42Montana
4Florida44Idaho
5Delaware45South Carolina
6Vermont46Indiana
7Connecticut47Nebraska
8New Hampshire48Wisconsin
9Arizona49Utah
9Michigan50Missouri
9Nevada
Top 10 ObesityBottom 10 Obesity
1Connecticut41Georgia
2Rhode Island41South Carolina
3Massachusetts43Missouri
4Florida44South Dakota
5Wyoming45Ohio
6Colorado46Kentucky
7Indiana47Mississippi
8Vermont48Oklahoma
9Nevada49Tennessee
10Idaho50Alabama
Overall Change - Top 10Overall Change - Bottom 10
1New York41Louisiana
2Vermont42South Carolina
3Hawaii43Tennessee
4New Hampshire44Arkansas
5Minnesota45Ohio
6New Jersey46Alabama
7Oregon47Kentucky
8Alaska48Mississippi
9Washington49West Virginia
10Massachusetts50Oklahoma

I'm going to Vermont to get skinny!

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