Due primarily to a good sector of the population being active, Idaho maintained a moderately high ranking—17th in the nation—in an annual study of health care in America. Idaho slipped two spots from 2011, according to the new report from Partnership for Prevention, the American Public Health Association and the United Health Foundation.
The study, America's Health Rankings, credited the two-point drop to Idaho's low immunization rate and less availability of primary care physicians.
But the Gem State got high marks for a low population of smokers—17 percent compared to a national average of 35 percent—and a "low prevalence of sedentary lifestyle."
But the study cautioned against Idaho's low proportion of primary care physicians, 77 per 100,000 individuals. Idaho is one of the worst in the nation when it comes to its proportion of primary caregivers.
Vermont was ranked first in the nation, followed by Hawaii and New Hampshire.