Survey ranks Vermont as America's healthiest state

In this April 24, 2009 file photo, Heidi Hill, right, runs with her husband Tom Thurston, center, and daughters Ava Thurston, left, and Julia Thurston in Stowe, Vt. For 4 years in a row, Vermont has been the healthiest state in the country according to the United Health Foundation. Gov. Peter Shumlin cited Vermonters' active lifestyles as one of the reasons for the state's ranking. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

December 11, 2012 2:30:41 PM PST
An annual, nationwide survey shows Vermont is once again the healthiest state in America.

The survey by the United Health Foundation has ranked Vermont No. 1 for the fourth year in a row. It gives the state high marks for low disease rates and a low rate of uninsured residents.

Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Minnesota round out the top five. California ranks 22nd. Mississippi and Lousiana tied for the least healthiest.