10 healthiest, unhealthiest states in America | 2017

Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the U.S., according to United Health Foundation's 2017 health rankings.

The foundation's 28th annual America's Health Rankings examines 35 measures spanning behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care and outcomes data. The report benchmarks each state to measure progress, track new trends and inform public health improvements.

The nation continues to face widespread public health challenges, as the premature death rate in America increased for the third consecutive year, up 3 percent since 2015. Cardiovascular deaths increased for the second year in a row across the U.S., and deaths related to drug use grew 7 percent in the past year alone.

Here are the 10 healthiest states, as ranked by the foundation.

1. Massachusetts
2. Hawaii
3. Vermont
4. Utah
5. Connecticut
6. Minnesota
7. Colorado
8. New Hampshire
9. Washington
10. New York

Here are the 10 unhealthiest states.

50. Mississippi
49. Louisiana
48. Arkansas
47. Alabama
46. West Virginia
45. Tennessee
44. South Carolina
43. Oklahoma
42. Kentucky
41. Georgia 

For the full report, including methodology, click here.

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