The Lifestyle Chronicles - NGA Healthy America Call to Action
"Although there is no single solution to this multi-faceted problem, governors can encourage wellness without becoming heavy-handed regulators. They can help build a culture of physical activity, prevention and wellness. They can promote healthy lifestyles and encourage healthy choices in homes, schools and workplaces. Statewide wellness is not a goal that governors can achieve single-handedly or within one term, one election cycle or even in a ten year period, but they can immediately begin to address it."
Promote Healthy Lifestyles and Personal Responsibility
Corporate health promotion and disease management programs produce a return on investment of $1.49 to $4.91 in benefits for every dollar spent.
Weight loss of 5 to 10% reduces risk for disease, especially cardiovascular disease. A sustained weight loss of 10% accomplished by better nutrition and moderate physical activity can increase life expectancy and reduce an overweight person's medical costs by more than $5,000.
Eating vegetables and fruit can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Five servings each day reduces cancer rates by 20%. People who eat eight or more servings daily are 30% less likely to have a heart atteck than those who eat less than 1.5 servings daily.
Increase Physical Acitvity
Overweight people can reduce the risk for developing diabetes by 60% with physical activity such as brisk walking for 30 minutes daily and losing 5 to 10% of body weight. It has been estimated that regular, moderate physical activity by inactive Americans may save as much as $77 billion per year in medical costs.
The information contained in this post is from a report to the Healthy America Forum prepared by Damon Thompson, Vice President, Lipman Hearne Inc., Washington DC and supported by resources from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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