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Poorer Health Among Millennials

Millennials are setting the stage for chronic health issues.

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Millennial Health

Here’s important news: “Millennials are seeing their health decline faster than the previous generation as they age,” reports Blue Cross Blue Shield in The Economic Consequences of Millennial Health, published on November 6, 2019. Millennials were born in 1981–1996 and are considered to be the first generation of “digital natives.”

The report notes that millennials have a higher prevalence of hypertension, high cholesterol, depression and hyperactivity than Gen-Xers had at the same age. These health issues can shorten life expectancy and cause more health problems with age, resulting in less economic prosperity. Study authors say these findings “should serve as a call to action among policymakers and the healthcare community at large” before conditions worsen.

Read the report here.

Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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