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Ohioans May be Living Longer, but We are Sicker!


Due to medical advances, Americans are living longer than ever before, but they are living sicker than previously generations. Medical advances have allowed people to live with chronic health conditions such as, high blood pressure and diabetes. Recently, America’s Health Ranking issued their latest report, which is an assessment on our health.  The state by state rankings highlight where each of us can do better.

Ohio is ranked 35th overall, which is up from 36th in 2011.  However, the state is ranked 43rd for smoking and 38th for obesity.  Our policy work around restoring tobacco prevention and cessation funding through equalizing the Other Tobacco Products Tax and adoption of state Health Education standards are just a couple examples of current efforts to improve our rankings.

In addition, you can take action in your home.  The American Heart Association has recommendations for those that want to live a healthier life. To learn more about the courses of action you can take to get healthier visit Get with the Guidelines and Life’s Simple 7. Our advocacy department along with advocates like you continues to work on health related issues such as, smokefree legislation, comprehensive tobacco cessation and prevention funding, improving nutrition in schools and in the community and quality physical education. 

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