The average life span for an American fell once again, now hitting a 25-year low. But we should also worry about the quality of life than merely focus on the length of lifespan because, in the past century, the portion of years humanity spent in moderate to poor health has stayed the same. On average, people spend about 50% of their lives in less-than-good health, including 12% in poor health.
The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. There is no doubt that circumstances outside of health care can either enhance or impair your health. For example, where you live influences how you live, whether you have access to healthy food, places to exercise or health services when needed. Your zip code also affects your personal and family’s economic prosperity based on the availability of jobs, unemployment rates, education, and training opportunities. These social factors shape and define your health and well-being.