A new report is out that ranks the healthiest and unhealthiest states in the US. The top, most healthiest states in the country were dominated by New England. In order, they were: Vermont, Utah, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Hampshire.
The least healthiest states in the US were all in the South. They were, in order from 45th to 50th, South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma and Mississippi.
Most of the top five states for Muslims in the US (California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Indiana) scored in the 20s – except for Illinois, which weighed in at 35 down in the lower half of the list.
This means that statistically speaking, Illinois Muslims are more likely than other US Muslims to be adversely affected by at least one of 22 measures of public health, including binge drinking, drug abuse, smoking, poor diet, preventable heart disease, violent crime, a high prevalence of obesity, higher infant mortality, teen pregnancy, a low high school graduation rate, a higher percent of children in poverty, limited availability of primary care physicians and preventable hospitalizations.