United Health Foundation’s 27th America’s Health Rankings Annual placed Hawaii in first position, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota and Vermont. The annual report examines each state on 34 measures of behaviour, community and environment, and policies and clinical care data to provide a holistic view of the nation’s health.
Hawaii is the only US. state located in Oceania and also the only one composed entirely of islands. It’s unsurprising that it’s the healthiest state, as life there is predominantly lived outdoors. Whether it’s surfing, swimming, fishing or picnicking with extended family and friends, encounters with nature are infused with the traditional Hawaiian value of aloha ʻaina – love and respect for the land.
While in Hawaii, you can hike across ancient lava flows and sea cliffs, enjoy the ancient Hawaiian sport of ‘wave sliding,’ and snorkel or dive with giant manta rays and sea turtles. Breathe in the fresh air as you kayak to a deserted offshore island or hop aboard a winter whale-watching cruise.
Back on land, you can ride horseback with paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys). You can also enjoy the fresh fruit, vegetables and fish that are staple of the islands to give your holiday that extra healthy factor.