Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Well, the Top 10 states best and worst for your brain

The U.S. News & World Report released a report looking at the 10 states best for your brain health and worst for your brain health.  Diet represented 36 percent of each state's score. Of several factors used to calculate the brain-healthfulness of the foods each state eats, sales of fish and DHA-fortified foods were weighed most heavily; they made up 10 percent and 12 percent, respectively, of the diet score. Measures of the population's physical health accounted for 25 percent of each state's overall score; mental health accounted for 24 percent; and social well-being 15 percent. In all, 21 measures went into calculating each score. The creators of the index examined existing data on these metrics for all the states and the District of Columbia. The data came from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Well, here's the list:

Top 10 Best:
  1. Washington, D.C. 
  2. Maryland
  3. Washington state
  4. Vermont
  5. Connecticut
  6. Colorado
  7. Massachusetts
  8. New Jersey
  9. Maine
  10. New Hampshire
Top 10 Worst:
  1. Indiana
  2. North Dakota
  3. South Carolina
  4. Arkansas
  5. Kentucky
  6. Tennessee
  7. Mississippi
  8. Alabama
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Louisiana
Well, well, well, Alabama comes up as the 2nd to worst.  Geez, do we ever top a good list?  Well, I'll place the blame on the inept State Legislature, Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Department of Public Health, and Alabama Department of Transportation for this screwed up state.  Meanwhile, the DC Area (the District and Maryland) looks to be some good areas to live if you want good brain health.  Well, I might seriously consider the region upon graduating with my Masters'.



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