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

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

MA vaulted to the top of America's Health Rankings, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

The 28th annual America's Health Rankings survey assesses each state based on 35 measures related to behavior, community and environment, policy, clinical care and outcomes data. It's a joint effort by the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association. Last year's top-ranked state, Hawaii, moved down to No. 2 this year.

MA got good marks in the report for having the highest concentration of mental health providers (547.3 per 100,000 population), more than 200 primary care physicians per 100,000 people, and more than 80 dentists per 100,000 people.

The report also noted that the number of adults in MA who smoke dropped from 18.2 percent of all adults to 13.6 percent over the last five years.

The Mental Health America report ranked Colorado 17th for access overall and 8th in terms of the number of people with mental illness who also have insurance.

This is the first run through MA has been named the most advantageous state, finishing Hawaii's five-year rule.

The report also highlighted a decrease in smoking over the last five years to 13.6 percent from 18.2 percent of adults, a decrease in cancer deaths by 4 percent over the last ten years, and a decrease in air pollution over the last decade.

Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control, said the trends in higher death rates from cardiovascular disease and drug use can be reversed if four principles are followed.

Behind Massachusetts came Hawaii in second place, followed my Vermont, Utah and CT in that order for the top five healthiest states.

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