Millennials were born between the years 1981 and 1996. At 73 million, they are the largest, most educated, and most connected generation ever. They make up the greatest percentage of the population and the labor force. They are also the least healthy generation in recent times and they are experiencing declining health faster than any other recent generation before them. How their health plays out in the years ahead will determine the overall health of America. This episode discusses the issue of Millennial Health.
*The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s 2019 report on the Health of Millennials revealed a downward trend in the health of this population, driven largely by six behavioral health conditions. Since that report, an additional year of data shows that millennial health continues to decline, driven by notable increases in behavioral health conditions, including a 12% increase in major depression, 7% increase in alcohol use disorder and a 5% increase in tobacco use disorder and substance use disorder.
This report, driven by fresh insights into trends in millennials’ behavioral health, dives deeper into the impact of these conditions on millennials. Millennials with a behavioral health condition are at twice the risk of having a chronic physical condition.
*Source: BCBS Health of America
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Gabrielle is a two-times bestselling author and TEDx sensation who has spoken on stages with the top performers in the world.
Gabrielle has been recognized for her expertise in Millennials and is regularly called upon by media outlets to provide her expert perspective.
And Gabrielle has developed Millennial engagement strategies for presidential campaigns, top military generals, and Fortune 500 companies.
Millennials Speak Up About Health Expectations
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