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Minnesotans' Health Stuck in Idle From Inactivity, Unhealthy Eating
Date:1/30/2008

projections indicate that the consequences for the state's economy will be severe. Left unchecked, nearly 31 percent of the overall increase in health care costs from 2005 to 2020 will be due to projected increases in the numbers of people considered obese and overweight. By 2020, it will cost a projected 61 percent more to treat an obese person than a healthy-weight person. Being overweight or obese puts people at higher risk for conditions like high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes, which impact quality of life, length of life and health care costs.

"The good news is even modest success at curbing the rising rates of obesity could improve residents' health and also decrease the projected burden of health care costs in Minnesota," noted Manley. "Where we could shine as a state and have the biggest impact is if health care professionals, policy makers, community leaders, employers and individuals worked together to create environments where making the healthy choice -- eating a balanced diet and getting regular physical activity -- is the easy choice."

"There's a lot of public awareness around reducing tobacco use, but there's less awareness about the need for increased physical activity and healthy eating," said Magnan. "We're trying to increase awareness of this issue."

For a copy of the report visit http://www.bluecrossmn.com/preventionminnesota

About the Report

The study is a collaborative report from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota State Demographer. Kenneth E. Thorpe, Ph.D., conducted the research on which this report is based. He is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

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