Hawaii ranked as healthiest state in nation

Hawaii ranked as healthiest state in nation

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii is, once again, the No. 1 state in the nation when it comes to overall health, according to a new report.

In its 25th annual report, which measures obesity, smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity and other factors, American Health Rankings found those in the Aloha State were living the healthiest lifestyle.

Rounding out the top five in the report were Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Utah. The lowest ranked state was Mississippi.

Some major factors in Hawaii's high score include a low prevalence of obesity, low rates of preventable hospitalizations a low rate of cancer deaths.

Although Hawaii may be at the top, there are several categories which can be improved upon, such as a high prevalence of binge drinking, high incidences of infectious diseases and low immunization coverage for children.

Newly inaugurated governor David Ige commented on the about the prestigious ranking.

"I'm proud to say Hawaii is the healthiest state in the nation, and we must continue to invest in our public health records," Ige said.

For more information on how each state was ranked and on health trends around the country click here.

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