Friday, November 13, 2009

10 Ways To Cut Health-Care Costs Right Now

“2. DEVELOP A HEALTHY WORKFORCE - When Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) CEO William C. Weldon met with President Obama over the summer, he communicated a key message: Prevention pays. ‘Seventy percent of health-care costs could be prevented through lifestyle modification,’ says Dr. Fikry W. Isaac, J&J's executive director of global health services.

4. MAKE HEALTH A COMMUNITY EFFORT - We are not a fit nation. One-third of U.S. adults are obese, and health spending on this group grew 80% from 2001 to 2006, to $166.7 billion. In 2005, Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman recruited six other local employers, including Bausch & Lomb, Eastman Kodak (EK), and Xerox (XRX), along with the Rochester Business Alliance, to set up a health and fitness program for all of the metropolitan area's 1.04 million people. The campaign, called ‘Eat Well. Live Well,’ challenges individuals to eat five cups of fruit and vegetables and walk 10,000 steps each day. More than 44,000 people have participated over the past three years, making it the world's largest wellness program.”

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