The latest Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card is out, with mostly bad news for the Volunteer State. Tennessee men get F’s for a host of mortality measures, including deaths by lung, head, and neck cancer, liver disease, motor vehicle accidents, suicides, and homicides.
The annual men’s health report card is a combined effort by the Tennessee Department of Health, Vanderbilt University, and Meharry Medical College.
The goal of the report is to spotlight things men can do to better their health, like improving their diet, increasing physical activity, giving up smoking, and wearing a seat belt when in a moving vehicle.
Despite the many low marks on this year’s report card, Tennessee men earned an “A” for having fewer deaths from heart disease compared to a national goal.
A grade of “B” was given for the number prostate cancer-related deaths.