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Every U.S. State Ranked From Healthiest to Unhealthiest

Best Life Logo By Charlie Duerr of Best Life | Slide 1 of 51: A lot of outside factors can influence your personal health—some in your control and some beyond it. And while you can make efforts to get more rest, eat a well-balanced diet, and get regular exercise—all of which are key pillars of a healthy lifestyle—there other underlying aspects of your life that affect your well-being, often without you even knowing it. For instance, did you know that where you live could be influencing how healthy or unhealthy you are? That's why for the the past three decades, the United Health Foundation (UHF) has released its annual America's Health Rankings of the healthiest and unhealthiest states in the country.Using expansive data sets collected from at least 30 sources—ranging from accredited survey organizations to government agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—the UHF analyzes the way each state performs in a comprehensive number of health measures within the following main categories: behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes. Then, the foundation calculates a score for each state based on a composite index of these health measures. States with a score above zero have a population whose overall health status is above the national average and states with a score below zero fall below the national average when it comes to the overall health of their residents.With that, here is every state in the U.S. ranked from the healthiest to the unhealthiest. And for more on how where you live impacts your life, check out Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State.

Every U.S. State Ranked From Healthiest to Unhealthiest

A lot of outside factors can influence your personal health—some in your control and some beyond it. And while you can make efforts to get more rest, eat a well-balanced diet, and get regular exercise—all of which are key pillars of a healthy lifestyle—there other underlying aspects of your life that affect your well-being, often without you even knowing it. For instance, did you know that where you live could be influencing how healthy or unhealthy you are? That's why for the the past three decades, the United Health Foundation (UHF) has released its annual America's Health Rankings of the healthiest and unhealthiest states in the country.

Using expansive data sets collected from at least 30 sources—ranging from accredited survey organizations to government agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—the UHF analyzes the way each state performs in a comprehensive number of health measures within the following main categories: behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes. Then, the foundation calculates a score for each state based on a composite index of these health measures. States with a score above zero have a population whose overall health status is above the national average and states with a score below zero fall below the national average when it comes to the overall health of their residents.

With that, here is every state in the U.S. ranked from the healthiest to the unhealthiest. And for more on how where you live impacts your life, check out Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State.

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