These are the healthiest and least healthy states in America

  • These are the healthiest and least healthy states in America

These are the healthiest and least healthy states in America

MA is the healthiest state in the country, according to a new report from America's Health Rankings.

Looking at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, and the Census bureau, the rankings took into account everything from obesity and smoking to community and environmental factors, such as child poverty and air pollution, to public policies like immunizations, and health outcomes like cancer deaths and diabetes.

The premature death rate increased for the third year in a row. That is the largest improvement for any state since 2012 but is still 2.5 percent higher than the national average of 17.1 percent.

In the past three years, cardiovascular deaths increased 6 percent.

The state with the highest concentration of mental health care providers, Massachusetts, has six times the number of mental health care providers than the state with the least amount, Alabama.

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 least healthy state was MS, which ranked at the 50th spot for the second consecutive year.

The state-by-state ranking is aimed at highlighting positive and negative health trends.

Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and CT also claimed spots in the top 5 list by the United Health Foundation.

The report, pulled together through the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association, previously had MA at No. 2, behind Hawaii. 'This is a call to action for each of us to make changes in our own lifestyles that can help improve our overall health and well-being.' About America's Health Rankings and the 28th Annual ReportAmerica's Health Rankings Annual Report is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. The analysis also pinpoints public health challenges nationwide.