Minnesota Ranked 'Healthiest State'

MinnesotaMinnesota is the healthiest state in the U.S., and Louisiana is the least healthy, according to a new ranking.

The list was produced by the nonprofit United Health Foundation in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention.

Leading the list are:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Vermont
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Hawaii
  5. Connecticut

Rankings are based on a mix of factors, including personal health (such as exercise and obesity), clinical care, health insurance coverage, and health care policies.

The list appears in the 2006 edition of America's Health Rankings: A Call to Action for People and Their Communities.

Full List of Healthiest States

Here is the report's list of the healthiest states, from healthiest to least healthy:

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

Why Minnesota?

Minnesota has topped the annual list 11 times since 1990.

Minnesota's strengths include a low rate of heart disease deaths, a low premature death rate, and a low percentage of people without health insurance, according to the United Health Foundation.

But Minnesota isn't without health challenges, including high rates of obesity and smoking and limited access to adequate prenatal care.

The report suggests that America has lots of room for improvement, including getting more exercise (with a doctor's permission), eating healthfully, quitting smoking, and improving access to preventive health care.

source - WebMD