Healthy living could save $70M

July 19, 2008
Honolulu Star Bulletin

Hawaii could save $70 million in five years by investing in community disease prevention programs, a study released Thursday shows. The report by Trust for America's Health says spending $10 a person each year in programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent smoking could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years. For Hawaii, that is a return of $5.60 for every $1, the same as the national average. The findings are based on a model developed by researchers at the Urban Institute and a review studies conducted by the New York Academy of Medicine.

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