By William Rosenzweig
Every day, we meet opportunities to improve our health. More opportunities than we probably even realize to eat good food, get outside and be active, and steer clear of cigarettes. Despite a wealth of evidence that a healthy lifestyle goes a long way to prevent the onset of chronic diseases, Americans — and particularly those of working age — continue to miss out on these chances.
Today, an estimated one-fifth of adult Americans smoke, and more than one third are obese. These unhealthy habits contribute to the United States extraordinary healthcare costs. Approximately $2.7 trillion is spent annually on healthcare, totaling 17.9 percent of US GDP.
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