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Global Life Expectancy Increases by Six Years

We are living longer but not necessarily better.

Based on data from 190 countries between 1990-2013 life expectancy increased by 6 years to 71.5 years. However, the time spent living in good health did not keep the same pace, increasing only 5.4 years. Japan had the highest healthy life expectancy (HALE) of 73 years and Lesotho had the lowest at 42 years. U.S. men had a HALE of 66 years and women of 69 years.

PositiveTip: Healthy lifestyle choices combined with good healthcare help prevent disability and support healthy years of living.

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Heathy Life Expectancy

Move to a new location or move our health choices--that is the question.

Healthy life expectancy (HLE), the predicted future years of life spent in good health at age 65, is lowest in Mississippi (10.8 years) and highest in Hawaii (16.2 years). Females had the greatest HLE in every state and D.C., and it was greater for whites than blacks in almost all states. This report did not address the reasons for these disparities but noted that factors for healthy living include exercise, diet and other health-promoting activities.

PositiveTip: Move your health-promoting choices in the direction of the positive to increase your HLE!