ROCHESTER, Minn. - A new study finds Minnesotans are living longer, healthier lives. It studied the "disease burden," or number of healthy years lost, of all 50 states.
Jordan Tredinnick is a nutritional health coach at Natural Grocers in Rochester. She said these findings don't necessarily surprise her.
"I do see an increase in the amount of people getting on board with how to eat and how to be healthier," she said.
Minnesota also ranked fourth in the nation for life expectancy, only falling behind Hawaii, California, and Connecticut. However, the study also finds the nation as a whole is falling behind other, less developed nations when it comes to being healthy.
Tredinnick said a good way for people to start getting healthy is to ignore fad diets.
"Because that just causes stress in my opinion and which is also not healthy. And eating whole foods. It's the simplest most basic thing I think you can do to support your health," she said.
The study shows the top risk factors for Minnesotans are high body mass index, smoking, and alcohol use.