MADISON (WKOW) -- A new report shows people in Wisconsin are living longer, but the quality of life may be declining.
The Wisconsin Health Trends Progress Report, produced by the UW Population Health Institute, assessed 20 health factors that if improved, can make Wisconsin a healthier state by 2020.
The report is the first comprehensive look at trends in the state's health indicators over the past decade.
Researchers found Wisconsin residents are living longer, but rates of obesity are increasing rapidly-- at more than three percent each year, and self-reports of good health are declining.
Some good news-- the report found cases of smoking and teen birth are declining.
The report's lead author says the trends mean the quality of life in Wisconsin is declining, and that old age will be less healthy for more of the population.
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