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Millennials improving in key areas of health

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Staff Writer | Friday September 9, 2016 9:58AM ET
Living in America   20.1% of U.S. millennials are obese

Obesity and unhealthy behaviors are costing the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars annually.

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But the well-being picture is much brighter among millennials.

For example, 20.1% of U.S. millennials are obese, compared with 32.5% of non-millennial adults, and only millennials have seen their obesity rate go down since 2008, Gallup reports.

Millennials have also bucked the trend in the rise of diabetes nationally, with a 0.5-percentage-point reduction in diabetes compared with 19- to 35-year-olds in 2008, while rates have relentlessly climbed among all other adults.

With millennials now making up nearly two-fifths (38%) of the U.S. workforce, leaders have a unique opportunity to build upon the generation's positive well-being momentum to lead broader improvements across the American workforce.

With this opportunity comes the need to manage millennials in a way that cultivates and encourages their healthy choices and leverages their example for others to emulate.

By doing so, leaders have a real chance to meaningfully improve the critical business outcomes that well-being significantly influences.


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