How Can Utah Beat Hawaii To Become Healthiest State?
Utah Vs. Hawaii: We Are Tired Of Coming In Second Place
Forbes Advisor looked at CDC data to determine the states with the least healthy populations as well as those states with the healthiest populations. They looked at how many people had chronic diseases according to the government statistics.
The CDC defines a chronic disease as a condition that lasts at least a year and requires ongoing medical attention or can inhibit daily life—or both.
The top three unhealthy states are West Virginia followed by Mississippi and Tennessee. Not a list you want to be on. There are high rates of smoking and obesity, and it has a big effect on the number with chronic diseases.
On the healthy side Hawaii leads the list followed by Utah and Connecticut. Utah has less people who smoke and use drugs. Also, drinking rates are lower. Still, Hawaii does the best in limiting disease factors. They also have the longest life expectancy at 80.87 years.
It seems like Hawaii is always topping Utah in different surveys. In this happiest state survey, Hawaii was at the top with Utah coming in fourth place behind Minnesota. It is time we focused in on the factors keeping us from the top.
I see the main differences are weather, Utah and those dang inversions, and possibly what we eat. Utah is heavy on casseroles and Hawaii seems to include rice and macaroni salad with tasty meats.
Noting this, the beehive state could use more beaches and tropical breezes. I also think we should include more spam in our recipes. If this doesn’t work, we start convincing people from West Virginia to move to Hawaii.
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