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America’s Health Rankings Annual Report was released this week, offering benchmarks to compare state performance and national standards, and showing that the nation is experiencing declines in smoking, preventable hospitalizations and the uninsured, but cardiovascular and drug deaths are increasing along with obesity.

The study also named Hawaii as the healthiest state for the fifth year in a row, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota and Vermont. Mississippi dropped from 49th to 50th this year, giving it the greatest opportunity for improvement, followed by Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma.

The full downloadable report (PDF) is available on the United Health Foundation’s website.

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