By MEGAN HALL
Providence, RI – Rhode Island is the tenth healthiest state in the nation, but ranks last in New England, according to the latest data from America's Health Rankings.
Topping the list are Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. Maine ranks 8th in the region- the closest to Rhode Island.
The report praises the Ocean State's low rate of residents who smoke, but lists a high prevalence of binge drinking and child poverty among Rhode Island's challenges.
The annual state rankings are determined using a variety of factors, including the prevalence of diabetes and obesity, the infant mortality rate, and the percentage of people without health insurance.
Rhode Island placed 10th in last year's rankings as well.
America's Health Rankings has been evaluating states for the past 21 years through a joint partnership between the American Public Health Association, the Partnership for Prevention, and the United Health Foundation.
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