Are people in the U.S. becoming healthier? According to a new federal report, the country has made some progress when it comes to exercising and the number of teen smokers. However, we have fallen short when it comes to mental health care.
The new report was published January 11th by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. It discusses the U.S.’s 10-year national health goals set back in 2010 as part of a plan they called the Healthy People 2020, and how close we are to reaching them.
The plan calls for the betterment of public health in 26 different areas. Most of them being access to health care services, quality of the environment, rates of injuries, and mental health.
Out of the 26 objectives, the U.S. has met or exceeded 8 of them and has seen significant progress in meeting eight more of the goals. However, the country has seen no detectable change in seven areas and is backtracking in three other areas.
The country had met national goals for improving maternal, infant and child health. The number of babies who have died and preterm births before 37 weeks have both lowered to target level since 2007.
The number of people within the U.S. who exercise on a weekly basis went up from 18 percent in 2009 to 21 percent in 2014, exceeding the goal of 20 percent.
And within the last 30 days, fewer teens are reporting that they use tobacco, illicit drugs, or alcohol, says the report.
Also, the rate of homicides has fallen below the 2020 goal, which is 5.5 per 100,000 people.
The U.S. has also seen a progression in other areas such as the increase in obtaining health insurance, an increase in the number of adults over 50 being screened for colon cancer, and the number of adults with hypertension whose blood pressure is under control.
The amount of children receiving vaccines has gone up from 68 percent in 2012 to 72 percent in 2014. The goal for 2020 is to have 80 percent of children up to date on their recommended vaccinations.
So far, the country is on the right course when it comes to the rise in numbers of students receiving high school diplomas and lowering the death rate from injuries. We are also increasing AIDS and HIV awareness, and decreasing the number of adults who smoke cigarettes.
With all the areas that have seen improvement, there are still many that have not seen any progress whatsoever. The CDC reports that there had been no changes seen in the number of individuals who have primary care physicians or in the number of women who are sexually active and receive some form of birth control.
Also, the rate of obesity in both children and adults have remained consistent over last decade. The amount of vegetables consumed by Americans on a daily basis has remained stagnant as well.
The country has been unsuccessful in making progress when it comes to the percentage of people who binge drink and those who have diabetes with stable sugar levels.
Three Areas Moving In The Opposite Direction From 2020 Goals
1.) The rate of suicide has gone up since 2007 from 11.3 to 12.6 suicides per 100,000 individuals in 2013.
2.) The rate of depression in teens has also gone up from 8.3 percent in 2008 to 10.7 percent in 2013. The goal for 2020 is for it to go down to 7.5 percent.
3.) Oral health care went down in the U.S. Back in 2007, about 44.5 percent of individuals ages 2 and up had gone to the dentist the previous year. In the year 2012, that number dipped to 42.1 percent. The 2020 goal is set at 49 percent.