America's Health Ranking, an annual study of the nations well-being, was released... and some interesting trends have come to light.

Good News for all of us in North Dakota, we rank #9 overall out of the 50 states. Way to eat healthy and get your exercise!

Interesting trend though... If you look at the top 10 states, only 1 of the top ten is in the southern half of the US.

The Top 10 are

  1. Hawaii
  2. Vermont
  3. Minnesota
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Utah
  7. Connecticut
  8. Colorado
  9. North Dakota
  10. New Jersey

One can start to conclude that there is a possible connection between months of snow and chilly weather and overall well-being. This trend continues when you look at the rest of the Top 25

While, yes, California isn't known to be a cold state... for the most part the top half of this study are states that get plenty of snow in the winter. The only logical conclusion I can come to is that the snow plays a heavy part in keeping you healthy.

When looking at the Unhealthiest States... there is a definite trend that comes into play. The bottom 10 states in this study are:

50. Mississippi
49. Arkansas
48. Louisiana
47. Alabama
46. West Virginia
45. Kentucky
44. Oklahoma
43. South Carolina
42. Tennessee
41. Indiana

When I look at this list, I see states that all pride themselves on one thing. No, it's not the weather, or even the location... Everyone that I have met from these states all pride themselves on their "Southern Hospitality." While I am a big fan of Southern Hospitality... I'm starting to think that it might kill me if I'm not careful. This trend continues when you look at states 26-40.

From my absolutely unscientific opinion (which is WAY better than any "Study"), it appears that Snow is the key to a healthier life while Southern Hospitality might be behind your early death.

Be glad we live in a very snowy state!