Policy Changes For A Healthier AmericaMain Category: Public Health
Article Date: 30 Jan 2013
Some key policy changes that need to be made in the United States in order to prevent illness and improve the health of millions of Americans have just been outlined in the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) latest Healthier America report.
The report includes a range of suggestions that focus on the prevention of chronic diseases, which currently affect more than half of the U.S. population. This would also help address the health problems facing today's youth who are set to be the first generation that are less healthy than their parents.
Gail Christopher, DN, President of the Board of TFAH, said:
"America's health faces two possible futures. We can continue on the current path, resigning millions of Americans to health problems that could have been avoided or we invest in giving all Americans the opportunity to be healthier while saving billions in health care costs. We owe it to our children to take the smarter way."
The U.S. is currently tackling a huge problem with obesity, in fact, researchers from the University of Oxford and Columbia University predict that if the current trend persists, by 2030 half of all Americans will be obese - a major cause of chronic disease. Drastic policy changes are going to be necessary to put a stop to trends such a this.
Paving the way for good healthThe recommendations involve some new and innovative approaches:
"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."
The report also includes information about recommendations that are already in action:
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