- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii has maintained its position as the healthiest state.

That’s according to the United Health Foundation’s 2014 rankings released Wednesday.

Hawaii also ranked first last year. Hawaii’s rank has varied from first to sixth in the past 25 years.

Acting state Health Director Keith Yamamoto says the ranking reflects Hawaii’s focus on maintaining healthy lifestyles and protecting the environment. But he says the report also points out some problems.

The report shows Hawaii needs to improve its child immunization rate and has a higher-than-average binge drinking rate.

The report highlights the Aloha State’s strengths, including low prevalence of obesity, low rate of preventable hospitalizations and low rate of cancer deaths. The report also notes the state’s low rate of adult smoking, which has seen decreases in the past two years.

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