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1.3: Health Problems in the United States

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  • Americans today experience health problems that people who lived 100 years ago did not encounter. What are the factors that account for these health problems that have arisen over the past 100 years? Most health problems faced by people in the U.S. are chronic diseases that are preventable and caused by everyday choices and unhealthy lifestyles.

    The link below provides more information about the leading causes of death in the United States:

    Leading Causes of Death

    To see a 2014 chart that shows the leading cause of death by age group, click on the link below:

    Leading Cause of Death by Age Group

    In the video linked below, you will learn about the determinants of health as outlined by Healthy People 2020. Healthy People 2020 is a federal advisory committee comprised of non-federal, independent subject matter experts who gather data and provide advice on how to promote health and prevent disease in America:

    Healthy People 2020 and Determinants of Health

    The link below is to Healthy People 2020’s website, which contains data and technical information about this organization’s objectives:

    Healthy People 2020 Website