A New England state has ranked No.1. That of course is Vermont according to a fifty state survey released on Nov. 5th, 2007.
“We are displeased and unhappy to have to report that this year the health of the nation is less good than it was last year. In fact, the health of the nation has slipped by about three tenths of a percent,” says Reed Tuckson, MD, senior vice president of the United Health Foundation, which has issued the survey for the last 18 years.
The survey uses a combined score of health indicators and policy questions to rank all 50 states. Obesity rates, tobacco and alcohol use, and high school graduation rates are accounted for, as are state laws and regulations promoting better health. The survey measures access to health services and also environmental issues like pollution, infectious disease rates, and crime.
Maine ranks 7th as the healthiest state in nation
Maine moved up from ninth to seventh place in an annual ranking of the healthiest states released Monday by the United Health Foundation.
Maine rose in the rankings partly because the percentage of Mainers without insurance dropped 10% over the last year to 9.3%, and the percentage of smokers in the state fell from 30.3% in 1990 to 20.9% this year, according to the Associated Press.
The report said Maine’s health challenges include a high rate of cancer deaths and a low rate of immunization coverage, the AP said.
How the States RankedHere’s how the states ranked in the America’s health rankings report: