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Improving Life Expectancy

Buckeye State residents do not always do the best job taking care of our health. It is no surprise then to learn the average life expectancy in the state is almost two years shorter than the nation as a whole.

Ohio ranks 42nd for average life expectancy at 76.9 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. (Hawaii is the star, with an average life expectancy of 80.9 years.) In Ohio, the average for men is 74.3 years and for women, 79.5.

In case you’re wondering, the data does not reflect any changes in life expectancy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So what are Ohioans to do? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the answers are simple: Exercise; eat healthier; pay attention to your weighte; don’t smoke; keep your brain active; get regular checkups.

Of course, Ohio also needs to make vast improvements in its infant mortality rate.

There is work to do to climb out of the basement when it comes to life expectancy, but Buckeye State residents aren’t afraid of a little work. Now let’s get to it.


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