Explore the Health Data Below:
It is widely known that Americans’ health status has declined. Lincoln, like the U.S., is experiencing increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease deaths, and other indicators. Lincoln, however, still has lower rates than the U.S. as a whole on many measures.
In Lincoln, there are large geographic disparities in life expectancy and the percentage of pregnant women who receive first trimester care. Census tracts with lower-than-average life expectancy and the lowest percentage of pregnant women receiving first trimester care are located near downtown where poverty is most prevalent.
In sum, Lincoln’s overall health is deteriorating, but not as rapidly as the U.S. as a whole. Both Lincoln and the United States have much ground to regain in reversing current poor health trends.
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3. Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30 to 99.8 and is calculated based on responses to questions about height and weight.
4. Diabetes rates are based in individual report that they have been diagnosed with diabetes.
5. Physical inactivity is based on persons reporting no leisure-time physical activity in the past 30 days.
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