Young people think they are in good health, but they too may have hidden underlying issues. At BlueApple Health, we believe awareness is essential for a generation that's always on the go.
Research shows that cardiovascular disease can begin early in a person's life, taking many years to develop. Stress, obesity and smoking are just a few of the risks hindering Gen Y's health. Knowing their numbers and family history are very important in helping Gen Y avoid health issues in their future.
BlueApple Health’s Gen Y screening program provides critical medical information to help assess health risks. Armed with this knowledge they can alter their lifestyles at a time when preventive measures are most effective. Provide your young workforce the medical information they need to lead long healthy lives.
“The burden of obesity represents a critical public health and economic health crisis that will impact the Millennial generation as they enter the workforce. Both in terms of work productivity and health care burden, obesity threatens this generation like no generation before. Given that most of one’s adult life is spent on the job, employers have a unique opportunity to contribute to the solution by creating an environmental culture of health. The time to act is now.” - National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institute of Health
Risk factors that may affect Gen Y:
Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other conditions. The American diet fuels heart disease. Gen Y thrives on fast food which statistically has been linked to these diseases.
- Gen Y are less active and more obese than earlier generations.*
- About one in three Millennials, now ages 16-27, are either overweight or obese.**
- Obesity in millennials has tripled in adults since the late 1970's.***
- The Cornell study reports that an obese person incurs medical costs that are $2,741 higher (in 2005 dollars) than if they were not obese.
*CDC United States Health Report, **Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2010, ***Scripps Howard Foundation Wire 2015
Younger Americans report experiencing the most stress and the least relief according to the National Stress in America™ survey.
- Stress can cause headache, muscle tension, stomach upset, anxiety, depression, fatigue or lack of sleep. It can lead to obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiac diseases.
- Young adults ages 18 to 33 reported the highest average level of stress at 5.4, meaning they may have to bear the brunt of the long-term effects of stress throughout their lives.*
- 44% of Millennials reported irritability and anger.**
- 58% of Millennials say that stress had keeps them awake at night.**
*National Stress in America™ survey. **American Psychological Association (APA)
Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction). Studies have shown that early signs of these diseases can even be found in adolescents who smoke.
- Smoking reduces the rate of lung growth and lowers the level of lung function.
- 30% of Millennials are current smokers*
- Young adults smoke about 11 cigarettes per day or about a half a pack*
*Gallup Poll 2008