Kaiser Health News

June 19, 2014 Kaiser Health News

Out of frustration with decades of failed efforts to improve America’s health and cut its health care spending, a new institute launched an effort Wednesday to attack the problem at work. The habits of working adults – smoking, lack of exercise, unhealthy eating and high stress – lay the groundwork for health problems years and decades later. Improving those health habits could dramatically reduce health care spending over the long term and make American workers more productive and competitive, said Derek Yach, executive director of the Vitality Institute for Health Promotion, a think-tank that aims to reduce non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, mental illness and cancer (Weintraub, 6/18).

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