North Dakota Ranks as One of Nation’s Healthiest States
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
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- 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:
46. West Virginia
43. South Carolina
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!