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 16th Annual America’s Health Rankings Shows Sickly Rate of Improvement After Significant Health Gains in 1990s 
by Healthy News - 1/3/2006

2005 Results

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.

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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 at

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Partnership for Prevention is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that develops evidence-based solutions to major national health challenges.

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