Study: Community prevention programs generate return on investment

July 17, 2008
by Tierney Plumb
Baltimore Business Journal

An annual investment of $10 per person in community-based disease prevention programs could save the U.S. $2.8 billion each year in health care costs in one to two years, according to a study released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health. By investing $10 per person on programs that boost physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent smoking, Maryland could save $59.6 million in health care costs in two years. Washington, D.C., could save $12.9 million and Virginia could save $61.8 , the nonpartisan D.C.-based organization found.

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