Navigation Links
Trust for America's Health Applauds Daschle's Commitment to Prevention
Date:1/8/2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Trust for America's Health (TFAH) welcomed the testimony of U.S. Secretary-Designate of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Daschle before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today and supports his goal to prioritize prevention in the new Administration. Daschle testified that the health care system must shift from emphasizing a sick care system to a health care system, helping to prevent disease instead of treating people only after they have become sick. Daschle noted that "our health care system is not oriented toward prevention, and therefore, fails to incentivize the screenings and lifestyle changes that can do so much to improve health. Any health care reform plan must make sure every American has preventative care that prevents disease and disability.... In addition to being sound medicine, [prevention] is sound fiscal policy."

"Daschle hit the nail on the head that prevention should be America's first line of defense against disease, instead of an afterthought," said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH. "Helping Americans become healthier is one of the most overlooked ways to drive down health care costs and ensure our workforce is competitive in the global economy. Now more than ever, we need prevention to be the cornerstone of health care reform, especially in this time of economic crisis. We look forward to working with the Obama Administration to ensure this vision for a healthier America becomes a reality."

Daschle stressed the importance of community-based disease prevention, and cited TFAH's recent Prevention for a Healthier America study, which found that for every $1 spent on proven community-based disease prevention programs, the country could net a return of $5.60 in health care costs -- a savings of more than $16 billion annually within five years. These findings are based on an economic model developed by researchers at the Urban Institute and a review of evidence-based studies conducted by the New York Academy of Medicine. They found that many effective prevention programs cost less than $10 per person per year, and that these programs have delivered results in lowering rates of diseases that are related to physical activity, nutrition, and smoking. The evidence shows that implementing these programs in communities reduces rates of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure by 5 percent within two years; reduces heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke by 5 percent within five years; and reduces some forms of cancer, arthritis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by 2.5 percent within 10 to 20 years.

The report focused on disease prevention programs that do not require medical care and target communities or at-risk segments of communities. Examples of these programs include providing increased access to affordable nutritious foods, increasing sidewalks and parks in communities, and raising tobacco tax rates. Currently, two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, one in five Americans do not engage in any physical activity, and one in five adult Americans smoke.

TFAH's Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities report can be found in full at TFAH's website http://healthyamericans.org/.

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.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Trust for America's Health
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust delivers same day patient discharge via BigHand Digital Dictation
2. SunTrust Introduces Health Savings Accounts for Employers Seeking to Take Control of Healthcare Costs
3. Trust for Americas Health Applauds New IOM Report on Improving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the 21st Century
4. Statement From The Pew Charitable Trusts on the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations Reversal on Antibiotics Safeguards in Animal Farming
5. Johnson & Johnson Announces Receipt of Israeli Antitrust Approval for Acquisition of Omrix
6. Universal Health Realty Income Trust Announces Marc D. Miller Appointed to Board of Trustees and Dividend Increase
7. Magistrate Judge Recommends Denial of Class Certification in Funeral Industry Antitrust Litigation
8. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Anthem Life in Connecticut Partner with the Chamber Insurance Trust to Offer Life and Disability Products to Chamber of Commerce Members
9. BioMed Realty Trust CEO Alan Gold Named National Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2008 by Ernst & Young LLP in the Real Estate, Construction and Hospitality Category
10. Pennsylvania Insurance Department Approves Launch of Senior Health Care Oversight Trust
11. Conseco Completes Transfer of Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania to Independent Trust
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Regular gym ... find themselves having to wait longer to access the treadmills. It’s a predictable trend. ... resolutions to lose weight and get in shape by joining gyms, starting new walking ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... Dr. Justin Scott and Dr. Lydia Muccioli of Pure Dental Health ... in need. The event is scheduled to take place on February 27, 2016 from ... dental care to community members in need. Each patient will be given the opportunity ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Health and wellness is a ... individuals in the event they are experiencing an illness. Migraines are a severe form ... are afflicted with migraines would not wish the pain on their worst enemy, the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... –This week, Atascadero water heater company First Call Plumbing ... To view the report, click here or see below. , There ... pros and cons, the type chosen is almost entirely up to personal preference. However, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... ... February 04, 2016 , ... American Addiction Centers ... the start of Project HoldSpace. Through the partnership, the two organizations seek to ... youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Currently focused on Ohio schools, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... 2016  Patients in Alabama seeking ... therapy no longer have to travel out of state. ... Urology Centers of Alabama to provide a total ... qualifying patients. Alabama is ... of prostate cancer using many different modalities. They are the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... 2016 --> ... that the global active pharmaceuticals ingredients (APIs) market stood ... reach US$185.9 bn by 2020. It is expected to ... 2020. The title of the report is "Active Pharmaceutical ... and by Therapeutic Area) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... 2016 Site Profile: --> ... - The Speech Recognition People, announced their latest primary healthcare case ... care, reduce turnaround times and to save the practice money. ... since 2013 Challenge: --> ,- Wirral CCG ... - Six doctors ,- Wirral CCG ,- VoicePower client since 2013 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: