By Reed Tuckson, MD, 06/28/2015

More Than an Apple a Day: Nutrition as a Key Part of Preventive Health

We all have our favorite summer traditions that we look forward to as the weather gets warmer. For me, it’s the abundance of fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables—and enjoying them with family and friends. There’s nothing like a farmers’ market peach or fresh carrots from a local garden. In my book The Doctor in the

By Rhonda Randall, 05/20/2015

America’s Health Rankings 2015 Senior Report: Successes and Challenges in Senior Health

United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report offers us a comprehensive picture of senior health across the nation, highlighting areas where seniors have made strides, while also shedding light on key challenges that remain. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, this year is an especially important time to

By Russell Bennett, 04/21/2015

The Promise of Innovation in Addressing Health Disparities

In my work with the Hispanic/Latino community, I see firsthand the effects of health disparities in our country. While I’ve seen great progress in recent years in addressing these disparities and in finding solutions for better health for all populations, great challenges remain. Luckily, we have data that help define the problem. United Health Foundation’s

By Reed Tuckson, MD, 03/26/2015

Research: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

I was thrilled last December when I heard that Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, accepted the United Health Foundation’s invitation to participate in the 25 on 25 Thought Leader Perspectives initiative, which was a significant component of the 25th anniversary of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings®. I urge you

By Rhonda Randall, 02/25/2015

Hearts Aren’t Just For Valentine’s Day

Earlier this month, I couldn’t help but smile at all the red and pink hearts that decorated the businesses around my home and at all the advertisements reminding me to show my love with gifts of flowers and chocolates. Of course, in my line of work, I think about hearts every day, though my focus

By Kate Rubin, 01/28/2015

Resolving to Improve State Health

We all know we aren’t alone in making New Year’s resolutions to be healthier in 2015—we see friends and family making many of the same commitments to eat better and move more. But did you know many state leaders across the country also make resolutions to improve the health of their constituents? This isn’t a

By Russell Bennett, Rhonda Randall, DO, and Reed Tuckson, MD, 12/11/2014

The 2014 Rankings and Reflections on Our Report’s 25th Year

Q: Which state ranks as the healthiest in the nation for 2014? We know this is your first question every year, so we won’t keep you in suspense: Hawaii took the number one spot. Did you know that for the full 25 years we’ve been doing this report—since 1990—Hawaii has always ranked as one of

By Kate Rubin, 11/20/2014

What’s Your Perspective on Our Nation’s Health?

As you have likely heard, this December, the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® report will turn 25. This represents an important milestone: a quarter century of dedicated commitment to improved national health. To honor this occasion, the United Health Foundation asked notable leaders from the public health, legislative, academic, business, technology and consumer arenas

By Tom Eckstein and Sarah Milder, 10/28/2014

The Rankings Head to the Big Easy

In less than a month, United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® will be among the topics garnering buzz at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans. While you may think of Mardi Gras beads and Bourbon Street when you hear of New Orleans, for the more than 12,000 public health