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5 Healthiest, Unhealthiest States for 2012

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No. 2 Healthiest State: Hawaii

For the second-best state, we have to head off the mainland to what’s simply a vacation destination for most of us. The lovely islands of Hawaii moved up one spot from last year to take the silver medal.

Hawaii also has a high prevalence of binge drinking (the 43rd worst state). But the good news is it’s the second-healthiest state for obesity and third for smoking (although it has high rates of youth smoking). Plus, it has the lowest rate of preventable hospitalizations in the U.S. In the past five years, preventable hospitalizations decreased from 32.2 to 25 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.

And while a low high school graduation rate and a high prevalence of low birthweight leave much to be desired, the islands beat everyone out in terms of public health funding and make the top 10 for physical activity.

You can read the full details about Hawaii here.

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