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Why is Hawaii so Healthy? Gallup vs Bloomberg
By Selected News Articles @ 1:32 PM :: 1584 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

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Honolulu Ranks 6th for exercise with 61.4% of the population getting 30 minutes or more of exercise at least three times weekly .... 

2016 Community Rankings for Exercise

From Gallup, September, 2017

Gallup and Sharecare research shows that nationally there's good news on exercise with rates of regular exercise now at a nine-year high. Rates vary by community, however, and the top exercise communities indicate more than 65% of their population exercises regularly, while the lowest communities have rates of 45% or less. 

Residents of Boulder, CO, Fort Collins, CO, and San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, report the highest levels of regular exercise in the United States according to Gallup and Sharecare's 2016 Community Rankings for Exercise.

Several of the lowest exercise communities are in Ohio, a state that has six communities in the bottom 25. The nation's lowest community for regular exercise in 2016 was Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton, NC.

There are many benefits to regular exercise. The highest 10 exercise communities have significantly lower incidence of chronic disease, with approximately 30% less obesity, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart attack, as compared with the lowest 10 communities.

To see where your community ranks as well as to understand how exercise varies by gender, age, race / ethnicity, and income, download the full report.

read … 2016 Community Rankings for Exercise

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Bloomberg: Hawaii Has the Best Health Care in America

Bloomberg, September 28, 2017  

When it comes to living a long life, Hawaii is the place to be. Beyond the beaches, idyllic balmy weather and laid-back vibe, the state also has, it turns out, the most efficient health-care system in the U.S., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Hawaiians lived two years longer than the national average of 79 years, benefiting from four decades of employer-paid insurance, generous Medicaid benefits and favorable demographics. Residents of West Virginia, which ranked last, lived three years less than the average, even though per capita health-care spending there was $9,462 compared with $7,299 for Hawaii and expenditures were equivalent to almost a quarter of the state’s gross domestic product -- the highest in the U.S.

Bloomberg ranked states based on three weighted metrics scored on a scale of 0 to 100: life expectancy, health-care costs per capita and costs as a percentage of state gross domestic product. The data cover 2014, the most recent available.

Longevity and health aren’t easy to improve in the short term, and Hawaiians have an edge: the state’s 43-year-old Prepaid Health Care Act, which sets minimum standards for employer-provided benefits, including coverage for office visits, maternal care and hospital stays for employees working at least 20 hours a week, according to Hilton Raethel, chief executive officer of advocacy group Healthcare Association of Hawaii. A state fund helps defray costs for small businesses.

Hawaii also has lower Medicaid eligibility requirements than most states and high concentrations of union workers (Unions make us healthy. LOLROTF!) and military personnel with medical plans, so about 95 percent of the population has health-care coverage, Raethel said. In addition, Hawaii has a relatively high concentration of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, and “Asians tend to be healthier than many other ethnic groups.” According to newly released Census data, as of 2016, health coverage in Hawaii was 96.5 percent, second only to Massachusetts at 97.5 percent.

Hawaii’s death rate -- the age-adjusted share of people dying -- was 588.7 for every 100,000 people, the lowest in the U.S. and well below the national average of 724.6. West Virginia was one of four states, all in the “diabetes belt,” with a rate higher than 900….

read … Bloomberg.com

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