A recent report by the ReadyNation, a business advocacy group aimed at building a skilled workforce, predicts that children growing up in America today will be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents.
And despite high spending on health care, the U.S. now ranks 27th out of 34 developed countries in terms of life expectancy.
Besides impacting our longevity and quality of life, the state of our health is hurting the U.S. economy. Researchers estimate that sick days cost us nearly $260 billion per year.
Unpaid medical bills are the leading causes of personal bankruptcy among Americans.
With one-in-five Pennsylvania children living in poverty, it is likely that many will become or contribute to statistics such as these.