Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut is the fourth healthiest state in the nation, according to the latest survey by The United Health foundation, up from 7th last year.
The ranking takes into account factors including smoking rate, immunization coverage, air pollution, physical activity and dozens of others. Connecticut ranked high in the categories of annual dental visits and regular cholesterol checks (No. 2), and it ranked No. 5 for childhood immunization. But it ranked 37th in binge drinking and excessive drinking, and the report also highlighted disparities in health status by education.
Hawaii was ranked No. 1. Vermont and Massachusetts were 2 and 3, and Utah was No. 5.
“Connecticut’s rise from 7th to 4th healthiest state is excellent news,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “While we still have more work to do to ensure that all people in Connecticut have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, the Department of Public Health’s focus on collaborative initiatives on health equity, strengthening public health at the local level, and reducing chronic disease are moving us in the right direction.”
“Connecticut’s ranking as the fourth healthiest state reflects the work of many stakeholders who are committed to a healthy Connecticut,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. “America’s Health Rankings shows we are making progress towards a healthier state, and underscores the importance of our ongoing work to address the challenges we face.”
The least-healthy states were Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma, according to the rankings.