Thursday, October 27, 2011
Once again, I'm late with the "Wellness Wednesday" post. This time I've been unexpectedly called out of town and have limited internet access. However, I can still share some wellness with you!
In my current studies, I've had to explore the Healthy People 2020 website. This is a government initiative that has been ongoing for over 3 decades and has the goal of improving the health of all Americans. The Healthy People 2020 press release has something for us all to ponder. According to their press release, "Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75 percent of the nation's health spending."
Many of these killer diseases are linked to lifestyle and personal choices and so are preventable. Imagine how much better off we would all be and how much money would be available for other pressing needs if we took preventative health more seriously.
(Photo source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1317230)