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Overall health of Americans seems to be improving, report finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7526
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

US citizens are smoking less and exercising more and do not seem to be getting any fatter, a new report concludes.

The report, America’s Health Rankings, annually assesses the health status of people in the United States by looking at 29 factors, such as rates of smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, preventable disease, premature death, and infant mortality but also social factors known to affect health, such as the proportion of children in poverty, rates of high school graduation, and access to care.1

The report is a joint effort of the United Health Foundation, a not for profit foundation established by the managed care provider UnitedHealth Group to improve healthcare, and which funded the project; …

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