If case you haven’t noticed – the United States is in a bit of a health crisis. Between increased rates of obesity, diabetes and children in poverty, the advances in conditions smoking cessation and cardiovascular disease are a drop in the well. How healthy – or unhealthy – you will likely be varies based on where you live, according to the latest report from the United Health Foundation.
Top 5 Healthiest Places to Live
If case you haven’t noticed – the United States is in a bit of a health crisis. How healthy – or unhealthy – you will likely be varies based on where you live.
Vermont may be known for its artery clogging cheese, but it is still the healthiest state in the country for the fifth year in a row. In the past year the incidences of infectious diseases decreased from 8.5 to 3.1 cases per 100,000 population. Smoking decreased from 21.5 percent to 15.4 percent in the last decade. However, in the past five years, the percentage of children living in poverty increased from 7.4 percent to 13.5 percent of persons under age 18.
New Hampshire moved up from last years survey, stealing the no. 2 spot for healthiest states in the country. Smoking has decreased from 25.3 percent to 16.9 percent in the last 10 years. The number of children living in poverty has also decreased from 10.5 percent in 2010 to 6.2 percent in 2011. Unfortunately, cases of diabetes did increase in the past year from 7.1 percent to 7.9 percent.
Connecticut ranks third on this list for good reason. It has one of the lowest obesity rates in the country. In the past year the number of smokers has decreased from 15.4 percent to 13.2 percent. In the past five years geographic disparity decreased from 8.5 percent to 5.4. However, the infant mortality rate went up in the past five years from 5.5 to 6.3 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Outside of being one of the most popular vacation destinations, Hawaii ranks high on the health factor. On the island, smoking decreased from 19.7 percent in 2001 to 14.5 in 2011. In the past year, the rate of preventable hospitalizations also decreased from 28.6 to 25.6 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees. But obesity on the island has increased from 19.7 to 23.1 percent in the past five years; as have diabetes – 7.3 percent to 8.3 percent – and children living in poverty from 10 percent to 18.9 percent.
Massachusetts fell far from the no. 2 spot it held last year. The state is still doing well with decreases in children living in poverty – 16.7 to 12.6 percent – in the past year. However in the past decade, diabetes increased from 5.8 percent to 7.4 percent. Obesity rose as well from 16.8 percent to 23.6 percent.
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