Americans are continuing to become more healthy, according to a report called America's Health Rankings. The research examines the well-being of residents in all 50 states.
Some of the positive trends seen by the study include tobacco use dropping to the lowest level in more than 20 years. However, incidences of obesity and diabetes are on the rise.
Dr. Reed Tuckson says while overall health has improved, the rate at which gains are being achieved is slower than what was seen in the 1990s.
"The rate of gain, while positive, is wholly inadequate for us as a nation," says Tuckson. "We know with certainty that many people will suffer consequences of preventable disease unless we strengthen individual healthiness, community by community across America."
As people become more healthy, they are less likely to be diagnosed with preventable conditions. Those who have a clean bill of health are often rewarded with better life insurance premiums than those who have a medical problem.
As the research shows, many people nationwide are heeding the advice of healthcare professionals and taking steps to avoid actions that can be detrimental to their well-being.