America’s health rankings report shows slowing improvement rate

America’s health rankings report shows slowing improvement rate

Liz Smith

The 16th annual America’s Health Rankings report, released in December by the United Health Foundation (UHF) and the American Public Health Association, shows a slowing rate of improvement in the health of the U.S. population. The report analyzes the relative health of Americans compared with people of other nations and makes suggestions for citizens to improve the health of their communities. Whereas U.S. health measures improved 1.5 percent each year during the 1990s, the report states, from 2000 the annual improvement rate fell to 0.3 percent. The report attributes the decline to various personal behaviors, community environment, and public policy issues, including the declining high school graduation rate, the rising rate of obesity, and the higher percentage of people lacking health insurance. More information is available on the UHF Web site, http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.

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