Goal: All people living in Minnesota will have optimum physical and mental health.
The saying "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything" holds true for our state and its regions. Quality of life in Minnesota is intrinsically tied to the health of its inhabitants. Individually, robust health makes people feel good physically and mentally, bolsters an optimistic outlook, and extends life expectancy. Collectively, we all benefit when our citizens are strong and healthy.
- Standing at 9 percent in 2018, the share of adult Minnesotans with diabetes has increased slightly since 2011. Compared to other states, Minnesota is home to one of the lowest shares of adults with diagnosed diabetes; Colorado, Utah, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Alaska, and Wyoming have lower levels.
- Obesity is a public health issue, and in Minnesota more than one in four adults is obese. The rate of obesity among adults (18+) has ticked up from 26 percent in 2011 to 30 percent in 2018.
- In 2018, five percent of Minnesota residents younger than 65 lacked health care coverage. Our rate of uninsurance is lower than most states; only Massachusetts had a statistically lower rate of uninsurance.
- The number of residents without insurance has fallen dramatically since 2013. About 241,600 residents – including 40,000 children and youth – still do not have health insurance. These amounts are down from 436,000 and 78,000 in 2013, respectively.
- The rate of psychiatric hospital admissions per 1,000 residents was 7.0 in 2015, representing about 31,600 people.
A strong economy depends on the good health of its citizens. Healthy people may be better able to work and secure higher levels of education, which contributes to personal wealth and regional prosperity. Businesses retain a vital and productive workforce, which attracts new economic growth to the region. Health care costs, and their burden to society, are reduced.