By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – America’s Health Rankings have been around for a quarter of a century. It is a very interesting look at how states compare against each other year to year, with targets like smoking, obesity, children in poverty, cancer and preventable hospitalizations examined.READ MORE: Haddon Township Man, Dog Complete 7-Year, 38-Country Walk Around World
This year the place to live is Hawaii followed by Vermont, Massachusetts Connecticut and Utah. The bottom five are Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma.READ MORE: Sources: Authorities Investigating Whether 2 Police Officers Struck By Stray Bullets On Ben Franklin Parkway
Some states seem trapped in their positions – in 25 years Mississippi has not finished out of the bottom three while some states have made improvements. New York was fortieth back in 1990 and is now fourteenth. Pennsylvania is right in the middle.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not Mayor Following Fourth Of July Shooting
These are important studies that give communities a sense of where they stand.