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Cuts to HHS Could Leave Americans' Health in Critical Condition, TFAH Says; New Poll Shows Americans Believe Disease Prevention is Key to Reducing Healthcare Costs
Date:2/4/2008

at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

TFAH issued a new public opinion survey today that finds seven-in-ten Americans want the federal government to invest more in disease prevention and healthy living, with 46 percent saying they want "much more" spending.

The public opinion survey, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, also finds that:

-- A strong majority of Americans (57 percent) believe that investing in preventing disease and promoting healthy lifestyles, in tandem with diagnosis and treatment is the best way to improve the health of Americans.

-- Americans believe investing in preventing disease and promoting healthy lifestyles is important to reducing healthcare costs (rating 7.2 on a 10-point scale).

-- Americans strongly favor ideas that bring government, businesses, communities, and individuals together to support disease prevention and healthier lifestyles, including improving physical education and reducing junk food in schools, expanding research into causes of disease, providing incentives to business to help employees get or stay healthy, and expanding public education efforts.

The poll was conducted between January 18 and 22, 2008 among 1,005 adults, ages 18 and older. The reported findings include the responses from the 878 registered voters who participated in the survey. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent.

Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. http://www.healthyamericans.org/


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