The Healthiest and Unhealthiest States, Ranked

The United Health Foundation ranks the most & least healthy US states for 2018. Where does your state fall on the list?

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Ashley Welch of CBS News recently reported on the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings, citing the 10 healthiest and least healthy states of 2018. (How does your state stack up?)

States were evaluated in several categories: behaviors, community and environment, policy and clinical care — all of which influence the health outcomes category.

Welch acknowledges the least healthy states’ higher-than-average rates of poverty, smoking, obesity and more, and calls out the healthiest states for lower-than-average rates of the above-mentioned factors, as well as low levels of air pollution and a high concentration of doctors.

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