According to the United Health Foundation, Hawaii ranks first among the healthiest states in the country. The health care foundation underlined that many states achieved some of their public health targets, including the smoking rates. Still, the report has revealed that the mortality rate caused by cardiovascular disease has substantially increased.
More precisely, heart disease is the number one death cause in the country. This report has been presented every year starting from 1990. Since then, the smoking rates declined by 41 percent, with 17 percent over the past four years.
Nevertheless, the drop in the heart disease death rate stopped last year, although it has been on a continuous decline since 1991. In addition, drug overdose deaths rose by nine percent over the past five years, with a four percent increase last year.
The biggest public health concern remains obesity with a staggering increase of 157 percent since last year. Obesity is more prevalent in children too, and it is a major factor influencing the development of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
On the other hand, some states are doing well, especially Hawaii which for the fifth year in a row was selected as the healthiest state in the United States. According to Dr. Virginia Pressler, the Director of the Hawaii Department of Health, these statistics are the proof that the country is focused on environment protection, general lifestyle, and health-related concerns.
However, the state is still doing badly at the rates of alcohol abuse. Among the healthiest states in the country are Colorado, New Jersey, Utah, Washington, New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, and Connecticut.
Also, the top five states situated on the bottom of the list are Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma. According to the annual statistics, the Southeastern states usually rank lower than the Northeastern states.
Experts explain that these states which rank lower must take immediate action to introduce new regulations that would reduce smoking rates, obesity, heart disease, alcohol abuse, and drug overdoses.
These annual reports measure the average health status of every state based on the rates of crime, infectious disease, exercise, tobacco consumption, alcohol abuse, access to immunization, public health funding, heart disease, premature birth, and cancer.
Also, the specialists collected data from reputable agencies such as the CDC, American Medical Association, Census Bureau, and the FBI just to name a few
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