The April issue looks at the growing role of social media in the legislature, rainy day funds, policy changes for life insurance and much more.
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Chronic disease accounts for 78 percent of the $2.6 trillion the United States spends on health care each year. With health care costs increasing every year, policymakers at all levels of government are considering the evidence that prevention is key not only to improving the length and quality of life for Americans but also to lowering the costs.
Each year, chronic diseases cause seven out of every 10 deaths in the United States and contribute to disabilities or major limitations in activity for about 25 million Americans. Yet costly chronic diseases are often preventable. According to the CDC, “four modifiable health risk behaviors—lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption—are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases.”
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