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Spend $1 in prevention, save $5.60

July 17, 2008
by Susan Brink
Los Angeles Times

With the housing market spiraling downward, 401(k) investments taking a dive, gas prices over the top, people lining up to pull their money out of banks, and jobs disappearing, the Trust for America's Health has a much-needed bit of optimistic investment advice. Nationwide, if we spend $10 per person in proven community-based programs to boost physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent smoking, the country could save more than $16 billion annually within five years, according to a report released today. That comes out to a savings of $5.60 for every dollar invested.

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