Vermont was recognized for being among the healthiest states over the last decade, along with the second lowest percentage of people who lack health insurance (7.8%) and second lowest rate of premature death.
Though according to the United Health Foundation Vermont is currently the second healthiest state, having just dropped to second place behind Hawaii, its residents have long held the reputation as very healthy people. This is thanks, undoubtedly, in great part to the vast wilderness and hiking trails found throughout the state.
Vermont ranks among the top five states on plenty of indicators, determining a population with above average health. This includes a very low obesity rate- by American standards- of only 23.7%, physical inactivity of only 17.2%, a population whereby only 7.3% have diabetes and ultra-high ratio of 170 primary care physicians per 100,000 people.
Vermonters’ propensity to enjoy the great outdoors and experience an increased level physical activity also helped the state rank first overall for 22 determinants of health. These include behaviors, community & environment, policy, and clinical care.