Making Prevention a Priority

October 29, 2012
by Kathy Lim Ko
Huffington Post


Prevention and wellness across the lifespan: That's the theme for this week's American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Francisco. In a time when the U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic --35.7 percent of adults and 16.9 percent of children age 2 to 19 are obese -- this couldn't be a more perfect theme. As a 30-year public health veteran, this has also become my personal mantra.

When the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the "F as in Fat" report last month, I was blown away by the alarming findings. Based on the report, if Americans do not change their eating and exercise habits now, then half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030. This is frightening.


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