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[WINS, WOES] Best and worst states for health and wellness

Life Extension has released a study documenting that the wellness industry is projected to be valued at $7 trillion by 2025 and also pinpoints the best and worst US states for wellness in 2022, based on analyses of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Census Bureau, National Parks Service and Google Trends. Data were analyzed across three main categories: physical and mental health, access to parks and nature, and interest integrative health practices.

Key findings include:

  • 10 Best Places for Wellness: California, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Hawaii, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming, D.C., and New Jersey.
  • 10 Worst States for Wellness: Alabama, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Delaware, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Mississippi.
  • There is a strong correlation between sunshine, nature, and well-being. Four of the five best states are known for sunshine -- California, Arizona, Florida, and Hawaii. Nine of the 10 best states have an above-average percentage of land used for national parks.

The study methods and complete findings are detailed on the organization’s website.

The authors conclude, “it's always easier to achieve your goals when you have support—so if you're considering a move, it could be worth choosing a more wellness-oriented state where healthy activities abound and where wellness programs have state-level support.”

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