Survey says Mass. suburbs, islands home to healthiest
24 factors tracked to set rankings
Residents of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are among Massachusetts’ healthiest, while those in Hamden and Suffolk counties, which include the cities of Springfield and Boston, are the least fit, according to a new national report that ranks counties by the health of their citizens. The researchers examined two dozen factors that influence health, such as poverty, education, rates of smoking, and the percentage of restaurants in a region that serve fast food.