Status of Healthy People 2010 Objectives among U.S. Military Retirees and their Dependents Ages 65 and Older, 2003.

Objective: To evaluate the status of Healthy People 2010 objectives among Military Health System beneficiaries ages 65 and older using data from the 2003 DoD Population Health Survey.

Results: Military retirees and their dependents were more likely to have received an influenza and pneumococcal vaccination, engage in regular moderate and vigorous physical activity, and engage in strength and endurance activity compared to the U.S baseline population. Military retires and their dependents had greater prevalence of diabetes, obesity, no leisure time physical activity, emergency department visits for asthma, and activity limitations due to chronic lung and breathing problems compared to the U.S. baseline. Conclusion: The MHS may find it beneficial to implement health promotion programs to focus on specific groups that are at increased risk for not reaching the Healthy People 2010 targets, such as women; black, non-Hispanics; those aged 75 and older; those with education less than a 4-year college degree; and those whose total family income was less than $50,000 annually.

Status: Complete

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