New Mexico is America's 36th healthiest state, report says

Javier Stokes
December 15, 2017

The five lowest-ranking states are MS (50), Louisiana (49), Arkansas (48), Alabama (47) and West Virginia (46). The Bay State had the lowest percentage of uninsured residents a just 2.7%, low obesity rates, and a high number of mental health providers.

For the first time, MA ranked as the No. 1 healthiest state, knocking Hawaii to No. 2 after a five-year streak. In the bottom five, MS and Louisiana in particular have major health challenges, such as high levels of smoking, obesity and children in poverty, according to the study. The 2017 report also ranked MA first for the health of women and children.

The 2017 report analyzed 35 measures covering behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes data.

Notwithstanding years of endeavors to try and out wellbeing abberations over the United States, a few states are significantly more advantageous than others, as indicated by another report. Chief among those are a low rate of people with health insurance, high smoking rates, and crippling obesity. Both the states rose up 4 places, with Utah rising to number 4 and Florida to number 32. Lower measures for smoking, salmonella food poisoning and immunizations among children were key factors in that decline. That expansion is propelled in part by drug deaths, which grew 7% during the stipulated time and cardiovascular deaths, which went up 2%. The contemporary report showcases that nation's wealth is overall deteriorating.

Child poverty has also decreased statewide, the study said, from 28.5 percent of Arizona children in 2016 to 23.1 percent in 2017.

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Conversely, North Dakota experienced the largest rank decline, falling seven places since previous year to number 18.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said, "We don't have a system with everybody in".

Yet the US spends significantly more on health care - both per person and relative to its wealth - than other nations.

"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. Utah, ranked fourth, had a 10 percent increase in cardiovascular deaths.

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