America’s health has taken some big steps forward according to the 2013 America’s Health Ranking’s report.
The report, which is released annually, analyzed data from multiple sources, including the Centers for Disease Control, the American Medical Association, the Census Bureau and the Department of Education. The report showed that 17 states had a drop in smoking rates – most significantly in Nevada, Maryland, Oklahoma, Kansas and Vermont. Overall, the smoking rate of the population as a whole dropped from 21.2% to 19.6%.
This year was also the first since 1998 that obesity rates did not rise. Americans were slightly more active than last year. The percent of Americans who reported not doing any physical activity outside of work for 30 days or more dropped from 26.2% to 22.9%. The highest rates of inactivity were in Arkansas and the lowest were in Oregon.
Overall, Hawaii robbed Vermont of the title of healthiest overall state. Vermont and Minnesota took second and third place, respectively. Mississippi was ranked last. Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and New York made the greatest health gains.
Find the full rankings here.