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New Health Care vs. Sick Care Ad Campaign Launched by Trust for America's Health and Partnership for Prevention
Date:10/28/2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Partnership for Prevention launched a new ad campaign today entitled Health Care vs. Sick Care.

"This ad campaign conveys how health reform provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance to transform our health care system from a sick care system to one that emphasizes prevention and wellness," said Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH. "The evidence is clear that prevention is the key to better health, and that well-designed and well-implemented disease prevention programs could spare millions of Americans from needless suffering."

"Americans don't just want a health system that treats them when they're sick. They want a health system that works to help them stay well," said Rob Gould, PhD, President and CEO of Partnership for Prevention. "We hope Congress recognizes what we say in this ad: that real health reform starts with prevention."

The ad stresses the importance of including prevention as a central pillar of health reform. It features visuals of people riding bikes, juxtaposed with an individual in a wheelchair, underscoring that real health care must involve keeping people healthy in the first place, instead of just focusing on treating them after they get sick.

The ad copy reads:

"Americans are not as healthy as they could be or should be. High rates of preventable diseases, like heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes are one of the biggest reasons the U.S. has skyrocketing health care costs. We will continue to struggle with health care costs until we do a better job of keeping people healthier. Smart, strategic investments in proven prevention programs can have a real payoff in dollars, workforce productivity, and quality of life. With an investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based program to increase physical activity,
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