The United States spends more per capita on health care than any other nation, but there are large disparities in health outcomes in relation to race, community of residence, and individual and community socioeconomic factors. Some American communities are falling behind the best performing nations in life expectancy, while rates of obesity, asthma and other diseases continue to rise. 1The Philadelphia area, home to approximately 5,000 GSK employees, is a natural choice for the first stop in this multi-city program due to its significant health challenges. Two-thirds of adults and 40 percent of children in Philadelphia are overweight or obese. One quarter of adults in the city smoke, and smoking-related complications are a leading cause of death. 2 ,3 The number of residents with chronic health conditions — such as high blood pressure and diabetes — increased over the past decade and remains significantly higher than the national average. 4
GlaxoSmithKline Initiates A Multi-city Conversation Focused On Improving The Health Of US Communities
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