Helping People Achieve Optimal Health

The goal of the Triple Aim is to help people achieve optimal health at all stages of life. This includes physical and mental health as well as social well-being. Preventing and managing chronic disease is a particular focus, given the rising prevalence of chronic diseases and the impact they have on the state’s residents.

Goal Highlights

Living Well Indicators

85 percent of Californians report good, very good, or excellent health status

As the “Golden State,” California prides itself as a place where people can enjoy a high quality of life, be healthy, and pursue their dreams. To meet this vision, Let’s Get Healthy California aims to increase the number of individuals who report good, very good, or excellent health from 85% to 90% over the next ten years.

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Reducing body mass index (BMI) by 5 percent could save California billions

If adult body mass index (BMI) was reduced by 5%, California could save $81.7 billion in obesity-related health care costs by 2030.

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Nearly 25 percent of adults say they aren’t physically active

Active individuals that participate in physical activity on a daily basis are less likely to develop chronic illnesses than those who do not. Studies also indicate that increased physical activity combined with eating a healthy diet may actually prevent or postpone a variety of chronic illnesses. Let’s Get Healthy California aims to increase the number of adults who meet physical activity guidelines.

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California has the highest number of new cases of diabetes in the nation

Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by high levels of blood sugar resulting from issues with the body’s insulin production, insulin action, or both. Among US states, California has the highest number of new cases of diabetes.

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Sugar-sweetened beverages are associated with increased rates of obesity and other chronic health conditions

One approach to improving the overall health of Californians is to improve diet. Many Californians are looking closer at their drink choices as SSBs are one of the largest sources of added sugar in our diets.

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Not eating enough fruits and vegetables contributes to poor health and risk of chronic disease

Currently only 28% of Californians meet the standard of eating fruits and vegetables five times a day.

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Adult Tobacco Use

California has led the nation in reducing smoking.

California has been a national leader in efforts to reduce smoking. As a major contributor to a range of chronic diseases, reducing smoking is a priority for living well.

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The majority of those who have a substance use disorder started using before age 18 and developed their disorder by age 20.1

Substance use has a major impact on individuals, families, and communities. Children and adolescents who use substances at an early age are more likely to face problems with substance use as adults. 2 The effects of youth alcohol and other drug use are cumulative, significantly contributing to a wide range of costly physical and mental health problems. 3 Substance use has been linked to risky health behaviors (e.g., unprotected sex, smoking), injuries, motor vehicle accidents, impaired cognitive functioning, poor academic performance, physical violence, and suicide attempts. 4
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There are twice as many suicides as homicides in California.1

Over the past decade, statewide suicide rates have been rising.1Suicide is a major health concern in California that can both have immediate and long-term impacts on individuals, families, and entire communities.1Lasting effects include, and are not limited to, change in family structure, household income, psychological impacts/disorders, chronic diseases.1 Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor.2 Other problems often contribute to suicide, such as relationship issues, substance use, physical health, and unemployment, poverty, legal, or housing stress.2
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Depression is a common and treatable condition

Good health is not limited to physical health.1 Mental health and well-being are also important. Therefore, screening and treatment for depression is an important priority for the Living Well goal.

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