United Health Foundation http://wamc.org en Shumlin Hails Vermont's No. 1 Health Ranking http://wamc.org/post/shumlin-hails-vermonts-no-1-health-ranking <p>For the fourth year in a row, Vermont has been ranked as the healthiest state in the country.<br><br>Gov. Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen say the state did well in categories including low incidence of low-birth-weight babies, low violent crime rate, and low infectious disease rates as keys to Vermont's success.<br><br>Vermont's obesity rate is growing, but not as fast as those in most other states.<br><br>Among the state's challenges: a relatively high rate of binge drinking and a higher rate of deaths from cancer than most other states.<br> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:15:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 53721 at http://wamc.org Shumlin Hails Vermont's No. 1 Health Ranking