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As President Speaks on Health Reform, American Dietetic Association Recommends Ways to Improve System, Reduce Costs, Optimize Health
Date:6/15/2009

CHICAGO, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health-care costs in the United States continue to rise more rapidly than virtually any other. In the unique environment that now exists in Washington, D.C., and the states for reforming the nation's health system, the American Dietetic Association welcomes President Barack Obama's call on Monday, June 15, for comprehensive efforts that will curb costs and help people get and stay healthier.

"The American Dietetic Association believes the goal for health reform must be to improve the health and quality of life for all Americans," said registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association President Jessie M. Pavlinac. "Policies that keep people healthy and prevent disease must be central to our efforts. Our message to policy makers is: 'Get the fundamentals right.'

"As the President has said, health reform is no longer just a moral imperative, it is a fiscal imperative. It is exciting that Congress and the White House are both discussing true changes to the way the U.S. delivers health care. In particular, it is clear that prevention will take on a large role," Pavlinac said.

"Nearly half the people in the United States suffer from preventable chronic conditions. That helps explain why chronic disease accounts for 75 percent of health-care spending," Pavlinac said. "Many of the most common and costly conditions are linked to diet. As we see the life expectancy of our children declining, due largely to excess weight and obesity, we know it is time to act, even if the magnitude of these problems defies easy remedy.

"It is a better strategy to prevent excess weight and obesity than attempt to treat them, and nutrition is the cornerstone of prevention," Pavlinac said.

"The solution to preventing excess weight is more complex than eating less," Pavlinac said. "It is about eating right. American adults and children are overweight and und
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