Executive BriefForewordIntroductionDesignKey FindingsOverviewMental HealthPhysical HealthHigh Health StatusAccess to Health Care and Preventive ServicesSubstance UseSeniorsConclusionsAppendixTable 1. MeasuresMethodology2022 Health of Those Who Have Served Advisory Committee
Data were obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). Unless otherwise indicated, this report mainly features data from 2019-2020, and tracks progress since the baseline reporting period, 2011-2012.
Percentage of adults who reported either binge drinking (four or more [women] or five or more [men] alcoholic beverages on a single occasion in the past 30 days) or chronic drinking (eight or more [women] or 15 or more [men] alcoholic beverages per week).
Percentage of adults who reported sleeping, on average, fewer than seven hours in a 24-hour period.
Percentage of adults who reported doing no physical activity or exercise other than their regular job in the past 30 days.
Percentage of adults who reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke daily or some days.
Smokeless Tobacco Use
Percentage of adults who use chewing tobacco, snuff or snus every day or some days.
Percentage of adults who used heroin or misused prescription pain relievers in the past year. Misuse of prescription pain relievers is defined as use in any way not directed by a doctor, including use without a prescription of one’s own medication, use in greater amounts, more often, or longer than told to take a drug or use in any other way not directed by a doctor.
Social & Economic Factors
Avoided Care due to Cost
Percentage of adults who reported a time in the past 12 months when they needed to visit a doctor but could not because of cost.
Percentage of adults who have health insurance privately, through their employer or through the government.
Percentage of adults who are in the workforce and are either employed for wages or self-employed.
Percentage of adults who reported not having sufficient money to eat when and what they should or being concerned that food would run out before they have money to buy more in the past 30 days.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Percentage of respondents ages 50-75 years who reported receiving recommended colorectal cancer screening using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.
Dedicated Health Care Provider
Percentage of adults who reported having one or more people they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.
Percentage of adults who reported visiting the dentist or dental clinic within the past year for any reason.
Percentage of adults who reported receiving a flu vaccine in the past 12 months.
Mental Health Treatment
Percentage of adults experiencing mental illness in the past year who reported receiving any mental health treatment in the past 12 months, including inpatient care (such as hospital or residential treatment), outpatient care (such as therapy from a clinician [e.g., doctor, psychologist, counselor, social worker], outpatient clinic, partial-day hospital stay or day treatment program) or taking any prescription medications prescribed to treat a mental or emotional condition; treatment for alcohol or drug use is not included.
Percentage of adults ages 18 and older with no cognitive, visual, auditory, ambulatory, self-care or independent living difficulties. Not age-adjusted.
- Ambulatory: Having serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
- Auditory/Hearing: Deaf or having serious difficulty hearing.
- Cognitive: Because of a physical, mental or emotional problem, having difficulty remembering, concentrating or making decisions.
- Self-Care: Having difficulty bathing or dressing.
- Independent Living: Because of a physical, mental or emotional problem, having difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping.
- Visual: Blind or having serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses.
Any Mental Illness
Percentage of adults who reported having serious, moderate or mild mental illness in the past year.
Percentage of adults who reported being told by a health professional that they have some form of arthritis.
Percentage of adults who reported being told by a health professional that they had any form of cancer, skin or otherwise.
Percentage of adults who reported being told by a health professional that they had angina or coronary heart disease; a heart attack or myocardial infarction; or a stroke.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Percentage of adults who reported being told by a health professional that they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Percentage of adults who reported having pain most days or every day in the past three months.
Percentage of adults who reported being told by a health professional that they have a depressive disorder including depression, major depression, minor depression or dysthymia.
Percentage of adults who reported being told by a health professional that they have diabetes (excluding prediabetes and gestational diabetes).
Frequent Mental Distress
Percentage of adults who reported their mental health was not good 14 or more days in the past 30 days.
High Health Status
Percentage of adults who reported that their health is very good or excellent.
Percentage of adults with a body mass index of 30.0 or higher based on reported weight and height.
Percentage of adults with suicidal thoughts who tried to kill themselves in the past year.
Percentage of adults who reported seriously thinking about killing themselves in the past year.
Percentage of adults who reported having six or more permanent teeth extracted due to tooth decay or gum disease.