Prevention Does the Body (and Wallet) Good

6 Feb

As Jeffrey Levi notes in the Huffington Post: Prevention delivers real value as a cost-effective way to keep Americans healthy and improve their quality of life. Everyone wins when we prevent disease rather than treating people after they get sick. Health care costs go down, our local neighborhoods are healthier and provide more economic opportunity, and people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

A 2008 report, “Prevention for a Healthier America,” developed by TFAH with the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), The California Endowment (TCE), and Prevention Institute, found that an investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years. This is a return of $5.60 for every $1.

More recently, TFAH released “A Healthier America: Strategies to Move From Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years,” which provides high-impact recommendations to prioritize prevention and improve the health of Americans. In the report, the recommendations are paired with examples happening across the country and include preventive initiatives that target health concerns, including asthma, diabetes, prescription drug abuse, childhood obesity, physical (in)activity and workplace wellness.

Apart from citing two major studies. The article mentioned the ROI of Asthma Prevention, ROI of Diabetes Prevention and the interventions taken by State bodies and Insurance companies. Read more here.

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