new report that seeks to move the nation from "sick care" to
"health care" encourages all employers, including federal, state, and
local governments, to provide effective, evidence-based workplace wellness
Trust for America's Health's
(TFAH) A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health
Care in Four Years outlines top policy approaches to respond to studies
that show that (1) more than half of Americans are living with 1 or more
serious, chronic diseases, a majority of which could have been prevented; and (2)
today's children could be on track to be the first in US history to live
shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.
The Healthier America report stresses the importance of taking innovative approaches and
building partnerships with a wide range of sectors in order to be
effective. Some recommendations include:
Healthier America features
more than 15 case studies from across the country that show the report's
recommendations in action. It also includes recommendations for a series of 10
key public health issues.
After the report's release, economic
experts came out against TFAH's position on preventive care's role in
reducing health care spending. (See related article posted in News Now titled "Experts Say
Preventive Care Produces Limited Savings.")
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