Man joggingThe nation is making progress on certain key health markers, such as reduction in the prevalence of multiple chronic conditions, and increased rates of exercise. (Photo: Shutterstock)

One the nation’s top public health reports has made some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s America’s Health Rankings breaks from the report’s 30-year tradition and does not present an official ranking of healthiest states, but it does provide plenty of information on a wide range of health measurements.

Officials with the rankings, published by the United Health Foundation, said that some of the data used in the report predates the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this and given the dramatic effect that the pandemic is having on health among Americans, the report does not assign overall health rankings for states for the past year. However the ongoing health trends documented by the report do provide a context for what to expect as the country continues to deal with, and recover from, one of the biggest health threats in our nation’s history.

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