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Washington is one of the best states for wellness, study finds

Washington state is one of the nation's best for wellness, according to a new study from lifeextension.com.

The wellness company used 11 metrics across three main categories in all 50 states and the District of Columbia: physical and mental health, access to national parks and nature, interest in integrative health practices.

The Evergreen state ranked No. 4 in the country. California claimed the top slot, followed by Arizona and Florida. Hawaii, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming, DC and New Jersey rounded out the top 10, respectively.

Alabama ranked last on the list.

"We all drive our own destinies, and with the right nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices, you can live your healthiest life, no matter which state you call home," the press release said. "Nevertheless, it's always easier to achieve your goals when you have support — so if you're considering a move, it could be worth choosing a more wellness-oriented state where healthy activities abound and where wellness programs have state-level support.

"Wellness activities are increasing in states across the country, but some places are further along than others. If there are not yet dozens of yoga studios in your hometown, things may change in the very near future."

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