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 8 percent in 2016, 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; only Colorado and Utah have statistically lower levels.
- Obesity has become a public health issue. More than one in four adults in Minnesota is obese. About half of states have seen an increase in prevalence of adult obesity over the last five years, and Minnesota is among those states.
- In 2016, less than 5 percent of Minnesota residents lacked health care coverage. Our rate of uninsurance is lower than most states; only Massachusetts and Hawaii have statistically lower rates of uninsurance.
- The number of residents without insurance has fallen dramatically since 2013. About 224,000 residents – including 43,000 children and youth – still do not have health insurance. These amounts are down from 436,000 and 72,000 in 2013, respectively.
- The rate of psychiatric hospital admissions per 1,000 residents was 7.0 in 2015, representing about 31,500 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.