APHA has long partnered with the United Health Foundation and the Partnership for Prevention to produce the longest running state-by-state analysis of our country’s health and the factors that affect it. The report plays an important role in recognizing our successes and tracking emerging challenges as we strive to create the healthiest nation in one generation.
The 2015 report celebrated meaningful progress — including declines in smoking and sedentary lifestyles — but warned that rising drug deaths, obesity and child poverty are serious areas of concern. The report also ranked Hawaii as the healthiest state and Louisiana as the least healthy.The report also identifies challenges. These include a rise in obesity, which now affects 29.6 percent of Americans; an increase in diabetes, which affects 10 percent of the population; a 4 percent jump in drug deaths; and a 6 percent increase in the number of children living in poverty.