See the Progress

Better health, by the numbers.

Imagine a Wisconsin where everyone has the chance to live a healthy life. It’s an ambitious vision. To achieve it, Healthy Wisconsin established a series of challenging yet realistic objectives for our communities and monitors our progress toward those goals in 5 key priority areas. For an up-to-date snapshot of the difference we’re making—including priority benchmarks and the latest data from programs and initiatives—choose a priority area below.

Making progress through partnerships

Creating a healthier Wisconsin by the year 2020 takes the work of thousands. Wisconsin’s statewide health improvement efforts bring together more than 1,500 individuals and 350 community organizations. They’re sharing resources and building on each other’s successes to help everyone in Wisconsin live healthier, longer.

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Download the Healthy Wisconsin Health Improvement Plan for a comprehensive look at Wisconsin’s health improvement priorities, 2020 objectives and strategies for success.

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Alcohol

We can work to prevent and reduce underage drinking, excessive alcohol consumption, and alcohol-related deaths in Wisconsin.

Reduce binge drinking from 25% in 2015 to 16% in 2020 among women (18-44).

25%
2015 Baseline
30%
2016 Data
16%
2020 Goal

Reduce binge drinking from 18% in 2012 to 16% in 2020 among youth.

18%
2012 Baseline
16%
2017 Data
16%
2020 Goal

Reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle crash deaths by 5% from 15% in 2015 to 10% in 2020.

15%
2015 Baseline
16%
2017 Data
10%
2020 Goal

Reduce alcohol poisoning deaths by fall by 5%.

22%
2014 Baseline
25%
2016 Data
23%
2020 Goal

Reduce alcohol-related fall deaths from 60% in 2014 to 32% in 2020.

2020 Goal: 32%
60%
2014 Baseline
37%
2015 Data
32%
2020 Goal

Reduce binge drinking among adults from 25% in 2012 to 23% in 2020.

25%
2012 Baseline
23%
2017 Data
23%
2020 Goal

Nutrition & Physical Activity

Our goal is to get Wisconsin eating healthier and moving more. That means increasing the number of fruits and vegetables we eat each day, encouraging breastfeeding and making physical activity a regular—even daily—habit for children and adults of all ages.

Increase consumption of 1+ vegetable per day by adults from 74% in 2013 to 78% in 2020.

74%
2013 Data
81%
2017 Data
78%
2020 Goal

Reduce daily consumption of soda by students from 20% in 2013 to 15% in 2020.

20%
2013 Data
15%
2017 Data
15%
2020

Increase breastfeeding duration at six months from 54% in 2014 to 60% in 2020.

54%
2014 Baseline
59%
2015 Data
60%
2020 Goal

Increase percentage of students physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day on five or more of the past seven days from 50% in 2013 to 55% in 2020.

50%
2013 Baseline
49%
2016 Data
55%
2020 Goal

Increase percentage of adults physically active at least 150 minutes per week from 53% in 2013 to 58% in 2020.

53%
2013 Baseline
57%
2017 Data
58%
2020 Goal

Increase consumption of 1+ fruit per day by adults from 62% in 2013 to 65% in 2020.

62%
2013 Data
68%
2017 Data
65%
2020 Goal

Increase breastfeeding initiation from 80% in 2015 to 90% in 2020.

80%
2015 Baseline
82%
2016 Data
90%
2020 Goal

Opioids

Preventing and treating Wisconsin’s opioid problems requires a variety of strategies and partners, including healthcare providers, law enforcement agencies and others. Working together, we can make it harder to get prescription opioids, make it easier to prevent opioid overdose death, and make sure everyone has access to substance use and mental health programs and support.

Reduce the number of opioid-related overdose emergency department visits from 1,489 in 2014 to fewer than 1,337 in 2020. 

1,489
2014 Baseline
3,050
2017 Data
2,426
2018 Data
Source: Wisconsin Emergency Department Data, Department of Health Services

Reduce the number of hospitalizations from 12,134 in 2014 to fewer than 11,530 in 2020.

12,134
2014 Baseline
14,864
2017 Data
11,530
2020 Goal

Reduce the number of opiod-related dealths from 622 deaths in 2014 to fewer than 590 in 2020.

622
2014 Baseline
916
2017 Data
590
2020 Goal

Reduce the percentage of adolescents who have used an opioid prescription drug for nonmedical purposes from 14.9% in 2013 to less than 13% by 2020.

15%
2013 Baseline
11%
2017 Data
13%
2020 Goal

Reduce the number of opioid-related overdose deaths by 5% from 628 in 2014 to fewer than 590 in 2020.

628
2014 Baseline
932
2017 Data
839
2018 Data

Suicide

We want to prevent and reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts in Wisconsin and help people, families and Wisconsin communities develop protective factors that can build emotional resilience, like providing trauma-informed care in the community or maintaining strong social connections.

Increase percentage of children with at least one teacher or adult in school they can talk to from 74% in 2013 to 79% in 2020.

74%
2013 Baseline
72%
2017 Data
79%
2020 Goal

Decrease the percentage of students who felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks from 24.6% in 2013 to 24% in 2020

 

24.6%
2013 Baseline
27%
2017 Data
24%
2020 Goal

Increase percentage of adults with less than 4 poor mental health days/month from 78% in 2015 to 83% in 2020.

78%
2015 Baseline
77%
2016 Data
83%
2020 Goal

Reduce suicides from 13.1 (per 100,000) in 2014 to 12.8 (per 100,000) in 2020.

13.1
2014 Baseline
14.9
2016 Data
12.8
2020 Goal

Reduce the percentage of students who report attempting suicide from 6.0% in 2013 5o 5.8% in 2020.

6.0%
2013 Baseline
7.8%
2017 Data
7.4%
2019 Data

Tobacco

We can do more to protect vulnerable populations and reduce our communities’ use of and exposure to tobacco. We can work to curb the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and candy¬- or fruit-flavored tobacco products among our youth. We can continue to educate youth about tobacco’s dangerous health effects and learn more about the connection between tobacco and ACEs. And we can ensure everyone has the information, services and opportunities they need to make healthy choices.

Reduce use of other tobacco products among high school youth from 33.7% in 2014 to 31% in 2020.

34%
2014 Baseline
32%
2016 Data
31%
2020 Goal

Reduce use of other tobacco products among middle school youth from 5.2% in 2014 to 4.5% in 2020.

5.2%
2014 Baseline
10%
2016 Data
4.5%
2020 Goal

Reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among men from 8.0% in 2016 to 6.8% in 2020.

 

7.2%
2015 Baseline
7.8%
2017 Data
6.0%
2018 Data
Source: BRFS Survey, Department of Health Services

Reduce adult smoking rate from 17.3% in 2014 to 16.3% in 2020.

17%
2014 Baseline
16%
2017 Data
16.3%
2020 Goal