APHA has long partnered with the United Health Foundation and the Partnership for Prevention to produce the longest running state-by-state analysis of our country’s health and the factors that affect it.
"America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals and their Communities" plays an important role in recognizing our successes and tracking emerging challenges as we strive to create the healthiest nation in one generation.
This year’s report celebrated meaningful progress — including declines in smoking and sedentary lifestyles — but warned that rising drug deaths, obesity and child poverty are serious areas of concern. The report also ranked Hawaii as the healthiest state and Louisiana as the least healthy.
Some key findings from across the U.S. include:
- a 5 percent decline in smoking rates since last year, contributing to a 39 percent decline since 1990;
- an 11 percent drop in rates of sedentary behavior;
- an 8 percent decline in preventable hospitalizations; and
- a steady decline in cardiovascular deaths and infant mortality.
The report also identifies challenges. These include a rise in obesity, which now affects 29.6 percent of Americans; an increase in diabetes, which affects 10 percent of the population; a 4 percent jump in drug deaths; and a 6 percent increase in the number of children living in poverty.
For more on the report, read US rankings: Adult smoking, sedentary behavior decline: Hawaii tops list of healthiest states from The Nation’s Health.
To see how all states rank this year and to view the full report, visit www.americashealthrankings.org.