Cutting obesity prevention is quick fix and long-term nightmare

July 26, 2011
by Joe Thompson, Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas
The Hill

As the clock counts down to raise the debt limit, obesity rates and their related costs are on the rise. With some in Congress eyeballing obesity prevention programsas a quick-fix bargaining chip during deficit negotiations, these rates and costs may not soon change.

Among the items potentially on the chopping block is the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Created as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Fund supports efforts by state and local governmental agencies and community organizations to increase healthy food options in schools, create physical activity programs and promote incentives for workplace wellness.

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