The 2005 edition of America’s Health Rankings reports
that Minnesota is the healthiest state. Vermont and New Hampshire
are ranked second and third, followed by Utah, Hawaii and North Dakota.
States rounding out the bottom of the list include Tennessee (48), Louisiana
(49) and Mississippi (50).
As noted before, the trend of slowed health improvement,
which began in 2000, was again demonstrated by the nominal 0.9 percent
improvement in health status revealed in this year’s report. Challenges
that impeded year-over-year improvement include an increase in the prevalence
of obesity to 23.1 percent of the population and an increase in the
number of children living in poverty.
America’s Health Rankings is a yearly
analysis of the healthiness of the American population using information
supplied by credible sources such as the U.S. Departments of Health
and Human Services, Commerce, Education, and Labor, and the National
Safety Council. Led by the School of Public Health at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a prominent panel of public health
scholars guides the methodology for the report. An independent research
group analyzes the data to author the report.
About United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit
foundation funded solely by UnitedHealth Group. The foundation
is dedicated to providing information in support of the health and medical
decisions made by physicians and health professionals, individuals and
For more information about United Health Foundation and its work,
please visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.
About the American Public Health Association
The American Public Health Association, the oldest and largest organization
of public health professionals, represents more than 50,000 members
from over 50 public health occupations. More information is available
About Partnership for Prevention
Partnership for Prevention is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
that develops evidence-based solutions to major national health challenges.
The partnership’s mission is to improve Americans’ health
by preventing illness and injury and by promoting health. Its members
include leading employers, health care providers, patient groups, health
policy organizations, academic health centers and public health agencies.
Information about policies and interventions to improve states’ health
status can be found at www.prevent.org.