A new study shows the wellness industry is projected to reach $7 trillion in value by 2025 and ranks the best and worst states for wellness. California is the No. 1 best state and Alabama is the worst. Arizona ranks No. 2 among the best states for wellness.
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Interest in healthy eating, exercise, dietary supplements, nature, self-care, and mindfulness is rising across the nation but some states are better wellness destinations than others.
Life Extension today released a study on the Best and Worst States for Wellness in 2022 using the most recent data from the CDC, Census Bureau, National Parks Service and Google Trends across three main categories: physical and mental health; access to parks and nature; and integrative health practices.
• 10 Best Places for Wellness: California, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Hawaii, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming, D.C., and New Jersey.
• 10 Worst States for Wellness: Alabama, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Delaware, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Mississippi.
• The four worst states are in the south — Alabama, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The Midwest is the only region not represented in the 10 best states.
• There is a strong correlation between sunshine, nature, and well-being. Four of the five best states are known for sunshine — California, Arizona, Florida, and Hawaii. Nine of the 10 best states have an above average percentage of land used for national parks.