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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.

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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.

Featured trend

Working-age adults, 1960-2010, Today, and by 2025

Notable increase in adult obesity

Minnesota has seen a notable increase in adult obesity. Today, 30% of adults in Minnesota are obese, the highest prevalence of adult obesity that we’ve seen in recent years. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, people who are obese are at increased risk for a range of chronic health conditions, with medical expenses due to obesity estimated to be $3.2 billion in Minnesota in 2017.


See our obesity key measure for prevalence by age, gender, income, race, and educational attainment.