Today the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) released their report Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults. The report says that young adulthood—ages approximately 18-26—is a critical period of development and recommends that young adults be viewed as a separate subpopulation in policy and research. Access the report and other related materials at www.iom.edu/youngadults.
Young adults today face a changed world, with more opportunities but also less latitude for failure than existed in previous generations. This group is also surprisingly unhealthy and shows a worse health profile than both adolescents and those in their late twenties and thirties. The report offers federal, state, and local policy makers and program leaders, as well as employers, nonprofit organizations, and other community partners guidance in developing and enhancing policies and programs to improve young adults’ health, safety, and well-being.