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Mississippi Ranks Last for Healthy Life Expectancy

by Elizabeth W. on Thursday, August 1, 2013

According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the healthy life expectancy (HLE) for all adults at 65 was highest observed in Hawaii (16.2 years) and the lowest was in Mississippi (10.8 years).

Healthy life expectancy (HLE) is a population health measure that estimates expected years of life in good health for people at a given age. The CDC used a three-year span of gathered data from the National Vital Statistics Systems, U.S. Census Bureau and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to calculate HLEs by sex and race for each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. for all people aged 65 years.

“Where you live in the United States shouldn't determine how long and how healthy you live - but it does, far more than it should,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “Not only do people in certain states and African-Americans live shorter lives, they also live a greater proportion of their last years in poor health. It will be important moving forward to support prevention programs that make it easier for people to be healthy no matter where they live."

Read the full article and press release from the CDC.  

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