Are Americans Healthy?

The US Government has just released a report on the health of Americans, entitled appropriately Health, United States, 2003. This report is big -- 471 pages long. It is available as both a printed volume and on-line. The advantage of the on-line version is that it will be periodically updated and revised.

The report is full of both good news and bad. The good news is that the life expectancy of Americans has reached an all time high. But the bad news is that, during the last five years, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes increased by 27%. In addition to statistics concerning Life and Death, the report also includes Preventive Care (for example, vaccinations and pap smears), Behavior and Risk Factors (such as obesity and smoking) and Access to Health Care (visits to a doctor or clinic).

Comment: Statistics can point out the problems. The real challenge is to find the solutions.

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