Understanding our nation's progress toward widely accepted goals is imperative in an age where most of us know far too little about the problems and opportunities we face.

Derek Bok The 300th Anniversary University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University
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Diabetes on the Rise, New CDC Report Says


One out of every 10 adults in the U.S. has diabetes and that number may double or triple by 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Use an interactive chart and stack graph to track diabetes prevalence in the U.S. from 1980 to 2008.

New CDC Data Show Hispanics Outlive Other Americans


Hispanics are living longer than other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compare the latest longevity estimates from the CDC.

Related: From Hundreds of Health Measures, 20 Seen as 'Key'

Depression Rates Vary Widely by State, Demographics

depressionthmb1.jpgA new health analysis shows a wide range of depression rates among states and finds demographic disparities in relation to gender, age, health insurance coverage and employment status.

Americans Passing on Fruits and Veggies


Fewer than a third of U.S. adults consume recommended amounts of fruit and about a quarter eat the suggested number of vegetable servings each day. Compare fruit and vegetable consumption among U.S. adults by state and year.

Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Decline, says CDC


The U.S. smoking rate has held steady in recent years, but exposure to secondhand smoke has declined significantly, according to a pair of new studies from the Centers for Disease Control. Use an interactive chart to dig into the demographics of current smokers and secondhand smoke exposure.

States Fall Short of National Obesity Goals for 2010


Every state in the union has fallen short of national health objectives for lowering obesity rates, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control. Explore the data for adults ages 20 and up, and compare it to previous years going back to 2006.

New Research Suggests Decline in Childhood Obesity


Researchers see positive results among students who did not participate in school health programs as well as those who did. An interactive bar chart provides before and after looks at students in the study of kids grades 6-8.

Health Panel Created by Institute of Medicine in 2008

IOM_logo_green.jpgA panel of 14 experts selected by the Institute of Medicine provided guidance to the State of the USA on what to include in a focused set of 20 measures for tracking progress in the areas of health and health care.

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Enabling Discovery Through Interactivity, Context

newbubblethmb.gifThe State of the USA will offer a variety of interactive features and techniques to encourage exploration, such as this motion chart with audio tutorial focusing on health costs and outcomes for the developed world.

From Hundreds of Health Measures, 20 Seen as Key

IOMreportcoversm.jpgThe Institute of Medicine recommends focusing on 20 specific measures seen as 'yardsticks' for assessing the overall health and well-being of Americans.

Related: Working Toward a Key National Indicator system

Health Measures for the Developed World

Health Measures for the developed worldExplore international health costs and outcomes for developed countries, comparing data in an animated chart.

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