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Wellness, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Wellness, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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WELLNESS

This page provides an overview of NCSL resources on wellness. As health care costs continue to rise, more states are encouraging citizens to become and stay well in order to prevent and mitigate chronic disease.

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Summary of enacted State Wellness Legislation, including premium discounts.

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OVERVIEW

Throughout the United States, in schools, workplaces and communities, policymakers, employers and government officials are looking at policies, programs and incentives to help Americans achieve and maintain good health. As health care costs continue to rise, more states are encouraging citizens to become and stay well in order to prevent and reduce the costs of chronic diseases. Wellness policy options include promoting health and wellness programs in schools, worksites, and communities, enabling healthy choices and environments, ensuring access to a full range of quality health services for people with chronic conditions, eliminating racial, ethnic, and socio-economic health disparities, and efforts to educate the public about their health and how to prevent chronic disease.

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    Maps: Percentage of children who were considered obese in 2011, 2007 and 2003 and 50-state charts of childhood obesity data for both childhood overweight and obesity for 10-17 year olds for the same three years. Also includes other factual data on childhood obesity.

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