Re: "How Healthy Is Your State?" survey
The downside to these surveys is that large states are at a disadvantage to smaller states. I'm sure there are parts of texas and california far larger than new hampshire that would knock it out of first place.
After living in MA for 32 years and CA for 10, I also seriously question that MA is a more healthful state to live in. If for no other reasons than a lot more people smoke and eat crappy food in MA, and a lot more people do more outside year round in CA vs sitting inside for 4 months watching the snow pile up in MA.
My parents have only been here for 2 1/2 years and already by better diet and more outside stuff year round are far healthier than they were.
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.