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Health of Wisconsin Report Shows Health Concerns

A key to reaching a goal is to measure your progress. At Aurora Health Care, our goal is simply to help people live well. To gauge how people in Wisconsin are feeling about their health and wellness, we organize a quarterly survey and ask people questions about their health.

We always learn interesting things. These days, Wisconsinites have concerns about cancer and heart disease. And they’re enthusiastic about wearable fitness trackers!

About 30 percent of people surveyed say their greatest health concern is cancer. That’s up from 23 percent in 2015. According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million new people each year will be diagnosed with the disease.

Heart disease/heart attack ranked as the second greatest health concern for Wisconsinites. Nearly 16 percent of people raised it as their top concern. Obesity and arthritis also were high ranking health concerns, with 11 percent of respondents listing those as their top concerns.

Wearable Fitness Gear Is Popular

We also found that more respondents are using wearable fitness trackers this year than last year. We found 21 percent of state residents now use wearable devices on a regular basis, compared to only 13 percent in 2015.

The report also found women more frequently use the technology with 25 percent of respondents saying they use a wearable regularly, compared to 16 percent of men.

How about you? Do you have a wearable?

Get more health information from our current and past surveys online.

Meet the Author

Renato S. Azcueta, MD is a family medicine physician with the Aurora Health Center in West Allis, WI.

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The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

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