NashvilleHealth | The Need

The Need

Nashville is a thriving, energetic city, and we are in the midst of an economic boom. Known as an “it” city, we have one of the highest rates of employment growth of any large metropolis since the Great Recession. Additionally, with a $70+ billion healthcare services industry that includes 17 publicly traded companies, we are known globally as an innovative healthcare center. Unfortunately, the overall health of our own population is poor – which, left unaddressed, threatens our long-term vitality.

5th in health among a 5-city peer group that includes Austin, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Raleigh

5th in health among a 5-city peer group that includes Austin, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Raleigh

(RWJF 2015 County Health Rankings – Comparable MSAs)

36% public school student obesity rate in Nashville

(Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, 2015; 2011 National Survey of Children’s Health)

OF ADULTS SMOKE; THE NATIONAL TARGET SET BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION IS 12 PERCENT

(Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index)

45th in community fitness out of the largest 50 metropolitan areas

(ACSM American Fitness Index)

19% Of the population faces severe housing problems

(RWJF County Health Rankings)

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UNINSURED POPULATION % NATIONAL0%

(RWJF County Health Rankings)

99 Fast Food Restaurants for every 100,000 people, Compared to 79 per 100,000 nationally

(CommunityCommons.org, US Census Bureau, County Business Patterns)



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