They calculated categories which included: Prevalence of Obesity, Air Pollution, Lack of Health Insurance, Immunization Coverage, Primary Care Physicians, Poor Mental Health Days, Cardiovascular Deaths, and Cancer Deaths.
Here are the final top ten lists:
Unhealthiest States in the US
When I looked over the list, I immediately wondered why Forbes failed to point out one glaring indicator of whether a state is healthy or unhealthy: Whether it's a red state or a blue state.
8 of the top ten healthiest states are blue.
10 of the top ten unhealthiest states are red.
Here's a visual aid:
I have some personal theories about why blue states are healthier; Democrats are more likely to fund public programs for disadvantaged families as well as public projects like parks, and after school programs. (You know, those gosh-darned tax-and-spend Liberals, always whining about the general welfare and what not!)
But when it comes to making the case for why blue is just all around better than red, I can't top The Letter to the Red States, so I won't try.