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Map shows mixed results on Americans' health

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A new review of American's health shows we're living longer and exercising more. But we aren't necessarily healthier.

The map, published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, shows how life expectancy has risen over the years, starting with 1985. The most recent numbers are from 2010. In Marion County, current life expectancy for men is 73.2, compared to the state average of 74.7 and a national average of 76.1. Hamilton County's rate is 79.2.

But obesity rates for Indiana average around 36 percent, up roughly 11 percent over the past 15 years.

You can also look up hypertension rates and physical activity numbers for men and women across the country.

The researchers say they're hoping to learn what the counties that saw improvements in physical activity and life expectancy are doing so they can share their methods with poor performing areas.

Check to see how your county is doing.

 

 

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