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Life Expectancy in Indianapolis Below Nation

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN metro area, life expectancy is 77.4 years at birth, lower than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Indiana, life expectancy […]

Bloomington is the Drunkest City in Indiana

Alcohol abuse cost the United States $250 billion in 2010, according to a 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These costs include health care expenses associated with alcohol consumption as well as estimated lost productivity. Binge drinking was related to three-quarters of the total cost. Residents of different states report different […]

Indianapolis Residents More Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 19.6% of adults in the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metro area smoke, higher than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 22.9% statewide smoking rate. The Indianapolis smoking rate is the second lowest in Indiana. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

Indiana is Among the States With the Most McDonald’s

McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) is the largest fast-food hamburger chain in America with nearly 16,000 locations nationwide. In areas that have the most McDonald’s per capita, the population tends to have higher rates of obesity and heart disease. While a direct connection cannot be made between McDonald’s and negative health outcomes, areas with clusters of fast-food […]

Indiana Has a Higher Vaccination Rate Than Most States

Despite longstanding recommendations to vaccinate, preventable infectious diseases are still a major cause of disability and death in the United States. The current immunization schedule saves 33,000 lives, prevents 14 million cases of disease, and saves tens of billions of dollars in health care costs a year. While progress has been achieved, still an estimated […]

Indiana is Worse Than Most States for Healthy Retirement

The number of senior citizens living in the United States is expected to double in the next 25 years. The aging baby boom generation and improved medical technology will lead to significant increased demand for health care, palliative care, and other industries specifically tailored to the aging population. Some states are likely better prepared than […]

Indianapolis is More Stressed-Out Than Most American Cities

Money is the single largest cause of stress in the United States. Although the economy has been recovering from the Great Recession and aggregate income has been rising, many Americans face increasing debt burdens, stagnant wages, and rising poverty levels. According to the American Psychological Association, Americans’ stress levels are trending downward. However, the improvements […]

Indiana Has the 5th Lowest Rate of Skin Cancer

An estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Diagnosis rates of melanoma — one of the most common and deadly forms of skin cancer — doubled in the United States between 1982 and 2011. Meanwhile, skin cancer treatment cost Americans $8.1 billion a year from 2007 to 2011, more than […]

Indianapolis is the 12th Most Miserable City in America

Well-being captures the happiness of individuals. Happier workers are often more productive, and a healthy economy can improve the well-being of residents. Measuring well-being is a complex process, and the well-being of populations varies tremendously across the United States. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed polling company Gallup’s 2015 Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures the well-being of […]

Indiana Has the 7th Highest Share of Smokers

In 1964, the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health linked for the first time smoking and adverse health outcomes. The pivotal report aimed to shift public opinion on smoking by identifying the dangers of tobacco use. The smoking rate in the United States has fallen precipitously in the last 50 years, dropping from 42.4% […]

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