Maryland is the 16th healthiest state in the country, according to a report by United Health Foundation.
Maryland moved up eight spots in the foundation's annual America's Health Rankings report. The state ranked 24th last year. The report credited Maryland's move up in the rankings to improvements in smoking, immunizations and physician availability.
America's Health Rankings evaluates states for health indicators and outcomes such as smoking, violent crime, diabetes and premature death. The report is published jointly by United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. Hawaii took the top spot on the list of healthiest states; Mississippi came in last.