MA is the Healthiest State in the Nation

Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and CT rank as the five most beneficial states, while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and MS rank the slightest solid in America's Health Rankings, as indicated by the report by the United Health Foundation.

MA got the honor due to its high number of mental health providers, low prevalence of obesity, and the lowest percent of uninsured residents, with a number of just 2.7 percent of the population. The healthiest states were: MA (1), Hawaii (2), Vermont (3), Utah (4), and CT (5).

North Dakota saw the largest rank decline in the annual report, the state fell seven places to rank at number 18 due to its decline in immunization for children and higher rates of salmonella and smoking.

An annual report by the United Health Foundation shows Colorado is the seventh healthiest state.

A new survey has ranked MA as the the healthiest state in the United States.

"This year, the report reveals that the nation is facing serious public health challenges, including rising rates of premature death and an uneven concentration of key health care providers", the report reads. They have been found to have a high prevalence of children in poverty, obesity, and smoking.

Florida and Utah experienced the largest improvements in the rankings since previous year, rising four places each to number 32 and number 4, respectively.

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The report analyzed 35 measures in total to create the rankings, including details on everything from the percentage of adults who smoke, the air pollution levels and the amount of children living in poverty.

Some of that increase is driven by a 2 percent rise in cardiovascular deaths during that period - a rise that follows a 25-year pattern of continuously decreasing cardiovascular deaths.

Overall, Massachusetts scored best of any state in health care policy and clinical care quality.

New Hampshire ranked at number eight, while Rhode Island and ME made number 11 and 23 on the list. "We're failing in our fundamental task to be a healthier nation".

The rankings highlighted the vast differences in health and health care across the country.

"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. Massachusetts, for example, has 547 mental health providers per 100,000 people, while Alabama has 85 per 100,000.

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