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Tennessee failing in the league of Healthy States

The 2017 report by assets.americashealthrankings.org looked at 35 measures covering behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care and outcomes data across the US. Massachusetts ranked No. 1 this year, up from No. 2 in 2016, thus ending Hawaii’s five year reign as the healthiest state. The other top-five states in 2017 are Hawaii (No. 2), Vermont (No. 3), Utah(No. 4) and Connecticut (No. 5). Utah replaces Minnesota (No. 6) in the top five this year. Most Challenged States The bottom-five states in 2017 are Mississippi (No. 50), Louisiana (No. 49), Arkansas (No. 48), Alabama (No. 47) and West Virginia (No. 46). West Virginia replaced Oklahoma (No. 43) in the bottom five. Mississippi and Louisiana have major health challenges, including a high prevalence of smoking, obesity and children in poverty. These challenges contribute heavily to poor rankings and make it difficult for these two states to rise above No. 49 and No. 50. Tennessee comes in a poor 45th.

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