States that show high levels of physical activity rank higher in overall health. Hawaii placed first in this year’s rankings, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota and Vermont. Photo by Akkonsyrup, courtesy iStockphoto.

States that show high levels of physical activity rank higher in overall health. Hawaii placed first in this year’s rankings, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota and Vermont. Photo by Akkonsyrup, courtesy iStockphoto.

When it comes to having the healthiest residents, Hawaii has topped all other states for the fifth year in a row, according to the latest rankings from the United Health Foundation.

The 2016 “America’s Health Rankings Annual Report,” issued in December, outlines trends in health behaviors, policies, care and outcomes to provide a comprehensive look at the nation’s health, as well as the health of people in individual states. Published since 1990, America’s Health Rankings this year named Hawaii as the healthiest state, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota and Vermont.

Hawaii stands out for many reasons, particularly as it is the state with the lowest rates of preventable hospitalizations, and has low rates of uninsurance. The state is also ranked No. 2 for low rates of obesity and cancer deaths, and has the second-highest public health funding rate in the country, according to the rankings.

Rhonda Randall, DO, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement, said that Hawaii is an example for the rest of the country. Some of its achievements are part of larger national trends, but in other ways, such as obesity rates, Hawaii improved where most states did not.

To continue reading this news story from the February/March 2017 issue of The Nation’s Health, visit the newspaper online.