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The Health of Americans - Room for Improvement
Created on 1/24/2014

This is America. We pride ourselves on being the best.

But there are some things we're simply not the best at - including health and wellness.

We enjoy a terrific system of health care in this country - but it's not the best in the world.

We enjoy a terrific standard of living in this country - but it's not the best in the world.

We in this country have a good chance of living long, healthy lives - but we're not at the top of the list.

In fact, not even close.

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) shows just how far we need to go...

Comparing various health measures across 17 high-income countries including the US, Europe, Canada and Australia we did not fare well at all - in fact, we are last in life expectacy for men and second to last in life expectancy for women.

How is that possible????!

The authors of the report state there are multiple possible reasons behind the numbers, including:

- how much and the types of food we eat

- high rates of drunk driving and violent crime

- heavy community reliance upon automobiles (less walking)
- high poverty rates

These statistics are sobering, to be sure - but you do not have to contribute to these unhappy results - on a community level you can help by supporting those in need and promoting safety measures.

And on a personal level, you can take good care of your self.

Need some help? You can find helpful health information here and elsewhere on the Harris Teeter web site addressing:

- ways to eat healthy on a budget

- why you should exercise and what types might be best for you

- which fad diets, if any, might be worth following (for a little while)

- what the healthiest diet in the world appears to be

- how to make sense of gluten, Paleo and organics

- how to manage stress in healthy ways

- strategies to get a good night's sleep

We all need to act in ways that promote health for ourselves AND those around us. Failure to do so will impact our country, our future economy, even our future national security in ways that are kind of scary.

The best way to prevent dire predictions from coming true is to take good care of your self. And we are here to help.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. ** 

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