Indiana is the #38 healthiest state in the US, according to a new study that measures behavior, fitness infrastructure and health status factors;
It has 21.1% smokers, 17.1% binge drinkers, 36.8% obese and 46.4% aerobically active adults;
The District of Columbia is the healthiest jurisdiction in the US, scoring top marks for all fitness infrastructure indicators and the highest recommended daily intake rate of fruits;
Adults in Mississippi, Kentucky and West Virginia are the unhealthiest US residents, consuming some of the lowest quantities of fruits and vegetables, topping the smokers’ charts, while only 1 in 4 adults work out twice a week.
Indiana is the #38 healthiest state in the US. This is according to a new study that ranks all US states and the District of Columbia against 13 contributing factors.
The Healthiest States Index, published by fitness advice platform BarBend (https://barbend.com/), uses the latest available data from the U.S. Census and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published between 2015 and 2022, for residents of the US aged 18 and over. It ranks 51 US jurisdictions based on three main pillars: lifestyle behavior, weighing 55% of the ranking; health status (25%); and available fitness infrastructure (20%).
46.4% of the adult population in Indiana is aerobically active for the recommended minimum of 150 minutes per week. As for those who work out to strengthen their muscles at least twice a week, 27.2% of adults living in Indiana do so.
To put this in context, on average, 50.3% of all adult US residents meet their minimum 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity or an equivalent combination. Meanwhile 30.5% of them work out to build muscle at least twice a week.
Only 11.5% of adults in Indiana eat the recommended amount of fruit every day, compared to 12.2% across the country. As for vegetables, while only 9.3% of all US residents aged 18 and over consume their daily recommended intake, 8.6% in Indiana do so.
36.8% of adults in Indiana are obese. In fact, 31.9% of the adult population in the US is considered obese, measured in terms of a Body Mass Index (BMI) factor of 30 or more. 21.1% of adults in Indiana smoke, compared to the US average of 16.6%, and 17.1% of Indiana residents binge drink, while the national median stands at 17.4%.
When it comes to chronic diseases, such as depression, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes or arthritis, to name a few, Indiana counts 84,243 occurrences in total, which may overlap in some adults. CDC data from March 2021 indicates that 61.47% of Indiana residents have an excellent or a very good health status, while 5.60869565217391% are classed as being in a poor health state. For comparison, the national average for those with an excellent or a very good health status is 63.68%, whereas those with a poor health status average to 2.69% across all states.
The fitness infrastructure in Indiana is made up of 703 fitness and recreational sports centers, meaning that there are 13.55 fitness establishments per 100,000 adults. The national mean average stands at 11.89, with only nine states falling below this. There are also 275.71 fitness employees for every 100,000 adults in Indiana, compared to 306.57 nationwide, reflecting the demand for fitness services in this state.
Researchers at BarBend also looked at how many adults have at least one park nearby, for those preferring a more nature-immersed workout. The study found that 26.2% of adults in Indiana can get to a park within 0.5 miles, compared to other states, where the average stands at 46.4%.