MA is named the healthiest state in America

MA is named the healthiest state in America

This year, two other New England states, Vermont and CT, were ranked in the top five healthiest states, coming in at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.

Arizonans' overall health is in decline, according to a study from the United Health Foundation's "America's Health Rankings" study. Florida (No. 32) and Utah (No. 4) made the biggest improvements with an increase of four spots each.

As the report notes, the United States ranks 27th in life expectancy among the 35 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Despite the good news, Colorado saw a 10 percent increase in adult obesity according to the report. Oklahoma has also risen 11 spots in the rankings for low birthrates, and now sits at 22nd in the U.S. And the state performed well when it comes to the number of per capita mental health providers.

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Massachusetts, despite being the healthiest state, had a 69 percent increase in drug deaths since 2012.

It ranked Colorado as the second most physical, and has the second lowest percentage of children living in poverty. It also has some of the lowest rates of salmonella, diabetes, and preventable hospitalizations in the country. In addition, poor rankings in smoking, violent crime, public health funding, air pollution and excessive drinking landed the state in the bottom half for health in the nation.

MS ranked 50th for the least healthy state, according to the survey.

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

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"This report is vital for gauging how the health of each state's population changes by year and decade", the authors wrote in the report.

The other worrying trend highlighted in this year's report is the uneven geographical distribution of key health care providers, including mental health providers. Massachusetts, for example, has 547 mental health providers per 100,000 people, while Alabama has 85 per 100,000.

"Increases in cardiovascular deaths and drug overdoses can be reversed, but it will take concerted action by government, health systems, communities and individuals", Frieden, now president and CEO of the group Resolve to Save Lives, wrote in an email.

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