The 25th Anniversary Edition of America’s Health Rankings was released today, with discouraging news for recent gains in several areas. Obesity and physical inactivity increased in 2014 after showing encouraging results last year. The obesity rate increased 7 percent from 27.6 percent to 29.4 percent of adults. Likewise, the percentage of adults who reported not participating in any physical activity in the last 30 days increased from 22.9 percent to 23.5 percent. At the same time, the number of Americans who smoke continued to decrease, declining 3 percent this year, continuing a consistent, decade-long trend. Immunization coverage for adolescents increased by 5 percent, and infant mortality rates decreased by 4 percent compared with last year. Hawaii was again the healthiest state in the nation, while Mississippi remains at the very bottom. Louisiana sits at 48 this year.
America’s Health Rankings is the oldest report of its kind and published by United Health Foundation in partnership with American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. The data in the report come from well-recognized outside sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, FBI, Dartmouth Atlas Project, U.S. Department of Education and Census Bureau.
Access the summary, the report and interactive materials here.