Where you live could say a lot about your health habits — and a new ranking reveals which states have it the best and worst.
Americans are adopting healthier behaviors, such as stopping smoking and increasing physical activity, according to the report, published by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention.
The report also shows that the percentage of smokers has dropped to 19.6 percent in the U.S. from 21.2 percent in the last year. Physical inactivity has dropped on a whole to 22.9 percent in the last year, down from 26.2 percent.
Rankings are based on a number of criteria, including premature death, infant mortality, preventable hospitalizations, high school graduation rate, violent crime, health insurance, child poverty, obesity, diabetes, physical activity and immunizations.
Among other general findings:
– While 27.6 percent of adults are obese in the U.S., the percentage has not increased from the last year (it was 27.8 percent in 2012). The report also showed that 9.7 percent of adults have diabetes.
– The infant mortality rate has decreased 39 percent since 1990.
– Fewer people are dying from heart-related disease; cardiovascular deaths decreased 36 percent since 1990.
– Fewer people are also dying from cancer: Deaths from the disease decreased 3 percent since 1990.
Take a look at the list below to see the top 10 states and the bottom 10 states in the 2013 ranking:
5. New Hampshire
9. North Dakota
10. New Yersey