The green mountain state recently finishedfirst in rankings of the healthiest states (Louisiana finished last). Each year, the United Health Foundation, in conjunction with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention, ranks states based on individual habits of residents, community and environment, public and health policy, and accessible care.
Packing your bags and moving to Vermont isn't an option? Try to improve the community where you live; it could improve your family's health. "A big problem in America is that we don't see things as a community," says Reed Tuckson, a board member of United Health Foundation. Societal problems such as lack of healthcare insurance, insufficient immunization of children, and levels of air quality have direct effects on well-being, so you should try to get involved in helping to find solutions.