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Living with the Future in Mind
Goals and Indicators for New Jersey's Quality of Life
First Annual Update to the Sustainable State Project Report 2000
GOAL: The highest opportunity for all New Jerseyans to be healthy, with equal access to high-quality health care and minimized exposure to health risks. 
New Jersey could credibly be called the health-knowledge capital of the world. We are home to some of the world’s largest healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. Health service is one of our largest private-sector employers, providing more than 300,000 jobs. Some of the foremost health research in the world takes place here. At the same time, New Jersey has a variety of environmental problems - including smog, radon, and contaminated sites - that may potentially affect our health. For example, according to a recent Environmental Defense study, New Jersey has the eighth worst smog in the country.

What we know

Life expectancy increasing

Decreasing rate of occurrence of infectious diseases

Decreasing number of hospitalizations for asthma

Little recent change in workplace fatalities


What we don't know

• How large a role environmental contaminants play in the cause of illness.

• How well our health care system is meeting the needs of New Jersey.

• Whether people who are living longer continue to enjoy a high quality of life.

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Department of Environmental Protection
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Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

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