How millennial health trends impact North Dakota employers
North Dakota has the highest percentage of millennials of any of the 50 states, according to the ND Census Office. Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996 make up nearly 73 million people across the country—and are soon to be the largest generation of Americans in the workforce.
North Dakota employers can greatly benefit from not only acknowledging the health trends impacting their employees, but by acting to improve their overall well-being.
Millennial health trends
According to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), 83% of millennials consider themselves in good or excellent health, yet only 68% responded that they have a primary care physician.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index, a resource that identifies which diseases and conditions most affect Americans' overall wellness, has found that in 2017, older millennials had a higher prevalence rate for several conditions than Generation X members did at the same age. Measuring and improving the health of millennials is critical to the generation's long-term wellness, which impacts their personal and professional development as life progresses.
Top 10 health conditions impacting millennials
Below, BCBS Health Index data displays the top 10 conditions impacting millennials; nearly all of them increased from 2014 to 2017.
Behavioral health conditions such as major depression, hyperactivity and substance use disorder continue to pose risks to millennials' overall health.
North Dakota statistics
In North Dakota, millennials are living at 93.3% to 93.9% of their optimal health (via BCBS Health Index). This is lower than many other states, specifically those in the west.
The health status of millennials will likely have substantial effects on the American economy - including workplace productivity and health care costs.
So, what steps are next to improve your millennial employees' health?
Use our free resources to start a Worksite Wellness program, bringing activity to the workplace.
Offer wellness reimbursements for exercise classes, fitness equipment, etc.
Learn more about employee group health insurance options and benefits.