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Healthier communities mean healthier economy

November 30, 2011
by Judy Schmoeger
Lee's Summit Journal

 

Trust for America’s Health recently released a report featuring case studies focusing on the relationship between health and economic development in six different states.

The report examines how health affects the ability of states, cities and towns to attract and retain employers, and how workplace and community wellness programs help improve productivity and reduce health expenses.

According to Jeff Levi, executive director of TFAH, “high rates of chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, are among the biggest drivers of U.S. health care costs and they are harming our nation’s productivity. Workplace wellness and community prevention programs are a win-win way to make a real difference in improving our health and bottom line all at once.”

 

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