A recent state by state assessment by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention ranked Hawaii as the healthiest state in the nation!  This is even more amazing when you consider the fact that Hawaii is also the #1 consumer of Spam per capita in the country!  Sadly, they don’t attribute the results to Spam consumption. There were many criteria to determine overall health ranking, and they cited Hawaii’s low prevalence of smoking and obesity, high rate of immunization for children and low rate of preventable hospitalizations as our strengths.

Personally, I attribute the ranking to great air quality, fantastic weather year round and a very laid back island attitude. There are so many great outdoor things to do – from mountain to ocean – surfing, hiking, paddling, cycling, golfing, fishing, the list goes on.  With fresh island air and amazing scenery to enjoy at every turn, people here want to get out and enjoy a healthy lifestyle on the island.

For more information, copy and paste the URL into your browser:  http://www.americashealthrankings.org/

Why do you think we’re the healthiest?

Sunrise surfing at Secrets. Photo by Dane Grady.

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