America’s Health Rankings days ago released their results providing us detailed historic and comprehensive data of how we measure up when it comes to health in our communities across the country. The interesting thing about data like this is that we do not really know what to do with it as individuals. I personally have had major health setbacks in the past three years or so and became curious as to what AHR has to say about our community and how healthy we are.
I thought we can all find value in discussing some of the common denominators that exists in some of our communities when it comes to health.
As a result, I managed to get my hands on some infographics that have specific data we can talk about.
We learned that as far as Hispanic populations that Texas, California, New Jersey and New York have all seen significant improvements in their rankings and Colorado, one of the top 10 Hispanic populated states is the healthiest holding down the #8 spot.
Let’s dig deeper…
the preceding info was about states, that include Latinos but does not tell us where we stand with three
MAJOR health issues that plague our community –> BTW –> all three are also part of my personal health battles.
Hispanics have the highest rate of Obesity in the country.
Hispanics face higher risks of cardiovascular diseases because of issues with high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
Hispanic Women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than their Caucasian counterparts.
Diabetes, as you know is my nemesis.
Mexican & Puerto Ricans are 2.4 times more likely to have Diabetes than non- Hispanic whites.
30% of adult Hispanics have Diabetes but do not know they do. Lack of access to healthcare,
education and poverty all big factors when it comes to these results.
So now we know what is happening in our community as far our health is concerned, now it is time for each of us to look inward to our own personal health and make changes. I urge you to please get a full physical and address any issues you have with your health that you have been putting on the back burner.
DO NOT WAIT FOR NEW YEARS… TAKE ACTION TODAY!!!
About America’s Health Rankings®
America’s Health Rankings is the longest-running report of its kind. For 25 years, the Rankings has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings. The Rankings employs a unique methodology, developed and annually reviewed and overseen by a Scientific Advisory Committee of leading public health scholars. For more information, visit www.americashealthrankings.org. It is published by United Health Foundation in partnership with American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention.
The data in the report come from well-recognized outside sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, FBI, Dartmouth Atlas Project, U.S. Department of Education and Census Bureau.
About United Health Foundation
Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed more than $240 million to programs and communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.
This is part of a sponsored collaboration with America’s Health Rankings. However, all opinions expressed are my own.