2009 Healthiest and Unhealthiest States

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    Nov 17, 2009 11:17 PM GMT
    2009 Healthiest and Unhealthiest States

    Vermont is the heathiest and Missssippi is the worst.

    We are #12 in WI, so that is very good, but that surprises me because it seems like we have a lot of obese people.

    1Vermont
    2Utah
    3Massachusetts
    4Hawaii
    5New Hampshire
    6Minnesota
    7Connecticut
    8Colorado
    9Maine
    10Rhode Island
    11Washington
    12Wisconsin
    13Oregon
    14Idaho
    15Iowa
    16Nebraska
    17North Dakota
    18New Jersey
    19Wyoming
    20South Dakota
    21Maryland
    22Virginia
    23California
    24Kansas
    25New York
    26Montana
    27Arizona
    28Pennsylvania
    29Illinois
    30Michigan
    31New Mexico
    32Delaware
    33Ohio
    34Alaska
    35Indiana
    36Florida
    37North Carolina
    38Missouri
    39Texas
    40Arkansas
    41Kentucky
    42West Virginia
    43Georgia
    44Tennessee
    45Nevada
    46South Carolina
    47Louisiana
    48Alabama
    49Oklahoma
    50Mississippi

    This annual ranking, published by the United Health Foundation, looks at 22 indicators of health, including everything from how many children receive recommended vaccinations, to obesity and smoking rates, to cancer deaths. (Insurer UnitedHealth Group funds the foundation.) Scores for each state are determined by gathering data from a variety of government and nongovernmental databases and then calculating how much each state is better or worse than the national average for each measure.
  • Barricade

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    Nov 18, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    Why are Southern states always the worst it seems in everything? My own state coming in at 41. icon_sad.gif
  • DCEric

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    Nov 18, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    Barricade saidWhy are Southern states always the worst it seems in everything? My own state coming in at 41. icon_sad.gif


    Have you ever eat Southern Food. Your blood vesels harden just looking at the plate.

    /Wahoo, Maryland in the top half!
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    Nov 18, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    hmm. I thought WA would be in the top 5. 11 isn't bad though
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 18, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    No wonder everyone on the biggest loser has southern drawls.
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    Nov 18, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    Voted for McCain Voted for Obama

    1Vermont
    2Utah
    3Massachusetts
    4Hawaii
    5New Hampshire
    6Minnesota
    7Connecticut
    8Colorado
    9Maine
    10Rhode Island
    11Washington
    12Wisconsin
    13Oregon
    14Idaho
    15Iowa
    16Nebraska
    17North Dakota
    18New Jersey
    19Wyoming
    20South Dakota
    21Maryland
    22Virginia
    23California
    24Kansas
    25New York
    26Montana
    27Arizona
    28Pennsylvania
    29Illinois
    30Michigan
    31New Mexico
    32Delaware
    33Ohio
    34Alaska
    35Indiana
    36Florida
    37North Carolina
    38Missouri
    39Texas
    40Arkansas
    41Kentucky
    42West Virginia
    43Georgia
    44Tennessee
    45Nevada
    46South Carolina
    47Louisiana
    48Alabama
    49Oklahoma
    50Mississippi
  • trl_

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    Nov 18, 2009 3:06 AM GMT
    I'm surprised colorado isn't higher. We do have the lowest obesity percentage in the country so I'm curious as to what other factors went into this to determine "healthy".

    And to answer the question asked above: Southern states are less wealthy than most of the rest of the country as a whole and so the majority of people there can only afford 1)unhealthy foods since those are cheapest, and 2) cannot afford to take day trips or free time off work to participate in 'healthy' activities in healthy nature environments like you find in the top 10 states.

    Also I think it's based sort of on the 'culture' of the state. At least in Colorado I know that it's very normal, almost expected, that most people exercise on a regular basis on a larger scale than other places I've lived (say, New Jersey).

    And yeah, some of these rankings surprise me beside Colorado being lower than some east coast states, and that Wisconsin is above California and Arizona....I've been to and have family from Wisconsin and it's really not a healthy place, at least not by the look of all the waistlines and portion sizes!
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    Nov 18, 2009 3:24 AM GMT
    Nice, we are 3rd. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 18, 2009 3:26 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidVoted for McCain Voted for Obama

    1Vermont
    2Utah
    3Massachusetts
    4Hawaii
    5New Hampshire
    6Minnesota
    7Connecticut
    8Colorado
    9Maine
    10Rhode Island
    11Washington
    12Wisconsin
    13Oregon
    14Idaho
    15Iowa
    16Nebraska
    17North Dakota
    18New Jersey
    19Wyoming
    20South Dakota
    21Maryland
    22Virginia
    23California
    24Kansas
    25New York
    26Montana
    27Arizona
    28Pennsylvania
    29Illinois
    30Michigan
    31New Mexico
    32Delaware
    33Ohio
    34Alaska
    35Indiana
    36Florida
    37North Carolina
    38Missouri
    39Texas
    40Arkansas
    41Kentucky
    42West Virginia
    43Georgia
    44Tennessee
    45Nevada
    46South Carolina
    47Louisiana
    48Alabama
    49Oklahoma
    50Mississippi


    Now that is interesting!
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    Nov 18, 2009 3:34 AM GMT
    tim24 said
    mickeytopogigio saidVoted for McCain Voted for Obama

    1Vermont
    2Utah
    3Massachusetts
    4Hawaii
    5New Hampshire
    6Minnesota
    7Connecticut
    8Colorado
    9Maine
    10Rhode Island
    11Washington
    12Wisconsin
    13Oregon
    14Idaho
    15Iowa
    16Nebraska
    17North Dakota
    18New Jersey
    19Wyoming
    20South Dakota
    21Maryland
    22Virginia
    23California
    24Kansas
    25New York
    26Montana
    27Arizona
    28Pennsylvania
    29Illinois
    30Michigan
    31New Mexico
    32Delaware
    33Ohio
    34Alaska
    35Indiana
    36Florida
    37North Carolina
    38Missouri
    39Texas
    40Arkansas
    41Kentucky
    42West Virginia
    43Georgia
    44Tennessee
    45Nevada
    46South Carolina
    47Louisiana
    48Alabama
    49Oklahoma
    50Mississippi


    Now that is interesting!


    people in blue states are more likely to be vegetarian/vegan. They are also more likely to workout. there are probably less smokers in blue states as well. people in red states live on fried food.
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    Nov 18, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    icon_lol.gif Damn shame NY # 25. NJ beats NYicon_twisted.gif
  • jarhead5536

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    Nov 18, 2009 3:48 AM GMT
    Barricade saidWhy are Southern states always the worst it seems in everything? My own state coming in at 41. icon_sad.gif


    Speaking as a native Southerner, I have to say it's the apallingly fatty food and the heat. There's not a lot of movement going on when it's 100 degrees in the shade and 100 percent humidity. Oh, and poverty too. It's the poorest region with the worst education in America. In places it approaches Third World conditions.

    Now living in Montana, I'm surprised that we rank as well as we do. There is gross fatness everywhere around here...
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    Nov 18, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    Yep, I have indulged in the fried goodness that is the South.

    Everything here has mayo or butter on it, lol. The healthiest thing we do here is choose from white or wheat bread.

    Also have to remember that it's pretty much a crime to walk anywhere here unlike up north.
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    Nov 18, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    Personally, I think America as a whole is much more unhealthy today then say 30 years ago. People are living longer because of medical technology and not because we are heathier as a nation. Our country has a serious obesity problem,which started with the advent of the "all you can eat" buffets. And our country is generally less physically active today. I think technology has caused some of this because when I was a kid we didn't watch a lot of TV because there wasn't hardly anything to watch. (LOL--3 channels batman and Giligans's Island). And nobody had a pc or video games. Our recreation was more physical when I was a kid. We played football in the backyard or basketball in the driveway or we played hide and seek. LOL Our recreation was much more physical, but today many kids spend many hours in front of their video games or pc. This does not promote fitness, but pc and video junkies. .

    The schools are really trying to change this by teaching proper eating habits and getting kids to adopt a lifestyle of daily physical activity and exercise and curbing smoking, drinking, and drugs.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Nov 18, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    I am from CT but live in AZ and I was surprised because it seems more people are health conscious here in AZ than CT. It's sunny a lot here and I always see joggers everyday, even in the summer. In CT, it's either too humid or too cold. Maybe AZ's high population of Mexicans skew the data because Mexican food is very fattening. Plus, there are a lots of restaurants and more fast food chains here than in CT
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    Nov 18, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    wooo #6 icon_smile.gif