Prevention: Study Reinforces What We Know

July 30, 2008
by Editorial
Tulsa World

A story in Friday's Tulsa World by medical reporter Kim Archer reinforces what we already know: Oklahoma could save more than $183 million over five years if the state spent money encouraging more physical activity, better nutrition and less tobacco use among its citizens. By spending only $10 per person per year, Oklahoma could see a return of $5.20 for each dollar, a report by Trust for America's Health, a national health advocacy program, concludes. "Health care costs are crippling the U.S. economy. Keeping Americans healthier is one of the most important but overlooked ways we could reduce these costs," said Jeff Levi, executive director.

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