In the country’s annual health checkup, this year Texas moved up one spot to 33, compared with other states, according to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report.
Hawaii ranks as the healthiest state in 2016 for the fifth straight year, followed by Massachusetts (2), Connecticut (3), Minnesota (4) and Vermont (5).
The health of Texas and the United States is at a crossroads. Nationally, long-term improvements against public health challenges like smoking and preventable hospitalizations were indicated.
Texas reports a low rate of drug deaths compared to the national average, but a high prevalence of obesity and diabetes signal a troubling trend.
To view the report in its entirety, visit AmericasHealthRankings.org.