Monday, September 28, 2015

18 Days of Global Goals (Day 4)

3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

More than 80% of women in the United States will become pregnant and give birth to one or more children. 31% of these women suffer pregnancy complications, ranging from depression to the need for a cesarean delivery. Each year, 12% of infants are born preterm and 8.2% of infants are born with low birth weight. *

Globally, an estimated 289 000 women died during pregnancy and childbirth in 2013, a decline of 45% from levels in 1990 when the last set of Global Goals was set. The UN looks to improve this.** 

This is not the only health concern. 

Recent figures suggest that, in 2004, approximately 1 in 4 adults in the United States had a mental health disorder in the past year—most commonly anxiety or depression—and 1 in 17 had a serious mental illness. Mental health disorders also affect children and adolescents at an increasingly alarming rate; in 2010, 1 in 5 children in the United States had a mental health disorder, *

The United States Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, trying to serve 8.76 million Veterans each year. In a study of 60,000 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 13% were found to have PTSD.*** According to the Wounded Warrior Project, 6 in 10 who have turned to them for assistance, were hospitalized as a result of their injuries.

Asking yourself what you can do to help the UN reach their goal?

On a National level: Exercise. Eat Well. Get your yearly checkups. Quit or limit your drinking. Quit or limit your smoking. Help your friends and family sustain healthy life habits as well. Volunteer at a nursing home or VA hospital. Donate your time or money to the

On a International level: Volunteer or donate to programs like that try to lesson the 800 maternal deaths that happen each day from preventable causes related to pregnancy or childbirth.


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