Friday, 23 February, 2018

Way to go! MA named healthiest state in nation

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The Bay State dethroned Hawaii, which held the top spot for the past five years, in the foundation's 28th annual report. "Massachusetts is proud to have the lowest number of uninsured residents in the country and robust public health efforts, and our administration will keep working across all levels of government to ensure quality health care and a safe, healthy environment for our residents to live, work and play". "Mississippi and Louisiana have major health challenges, including a high prevalence of smoking, obesity and children in poverty", the report reads.

Here's the list of the 10 unhealthiest states, according to the report.

The rate of drug deaths increased in New Hampshire by 118 percent, in MA by 69 percent, and in Rhode Island by 56 percent.

Here's a map, with the healthiest states in light blue and the least healthy in dark blue.

Cardiovascular deaths increased for the second consecutive year, with the rate among African Americans significantly higher than the rate among whites, Hispanic- and Asian-Americans, and Native Americans.

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The least healthy state was MS, which ranked at the 50th spot for the second consecutive year.

One particularly troubling trend: The rate of premature death rose for the third year in a row.

Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and CT also claimed spots in the top 5 list by the United Health Foundation. America's Health Rankings are based on four components or aspects of health - behaviors, community and environment, policy and clinical care.

Paced by the lowest smoking rate ever recorded, Oklahoma moved up three spots to 43rd in America's Health Rankings, issued by the United Health Foundation.

A new report on mental health care in the United States shows that Colorado is worse than most states at treating those who need help, especially kids.

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