American Health does a ranking every year of states utilizing a methodology that looks at 22 measures of health determinants and outcomes. It then ranks the states.
The Best and Worst States for Health in 2008 are:
Best States for Health
3. New Hampshire
Worst States for Health
48. South Carolina
According to American Health Vermont has been ranked Best for the 2nd straight year. Positive factors included high rate of high school graduation, a low violent crime rate, a low percentage of children in poverty, high per capita public health funding, ready access to primary care, low geographic disparity of mortality rates within the state and a low premature death rate. Two challenges are low immunization coverage with 79.8 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months receiving complete immunizations and a high prevalence of binge drinking at 17.3 percent of the population.
Louisiana, the Worst State, fell to 50 from 49 in 2008. It has been rated in the bottom 2 states for all years since 1990. It ranks in the bottom five states on 10 of the 22 measures including a high prevalence of obesity, a high percentage of children in poverty, a high rate of uninsured population, a high incidence of infectious disease, a low rate of high school graduation and many preventable hospitalizations.
The state you live can have an important role in your health.
For the full listing and more info go to their site at American Health Rankings