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Report: Wisconsinites living longer, but not healthier

Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - We're living longer -- but we're not feeling better. 

That's according to a new report from the UW-Madison Population Health Institute. 

It shows that mortality rates have improved over the last decade for all age groups in Wisconsin.

Still, more people say they're in poor health. Health problems are said to be down from things like smoking, excessive drinking, and teen births -- but other negative trends are on the rise like violent crime, more high dropouts, and the stresses of being unemployed. 

UW researchers are also sounding an alarm over what they call gaps in the factors that influence people's health.

One of those is racial. The UW says 3 of every 10 African-Americans in Wisconsin report being in poor health, compared to about 1 of every 10 whites. Also, child poverty rates are rising much in faster in urban areas than in rural and suburban communities. 

The report warns that if current health trends are not addresses, Wisconsin will have poorer health outcomes and greater gaps in the future