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Rx: Health Promotion

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Few people disagree that the U.S. healthcare system is broken. What’s a lot less clear is how to fix it. Last week we began our series on healthcare reform by exploring the disparities between healthcare costs and outcomes. This week we’re taking another stab at the huge issue by asking: what role does keeping people healthy have in the future of healthcare?

Smoking cessation, weight loss, diabetes education and nutrition programs: do these things actually have a place in the reform lawmakers are working on? Health Promotion Advocates say yes. And they’re working hard to lobby Congress to say the same.

Meanwhile in Oregon, lawmakers just passed a bill to create a new state agency to coordinate healthcare reform efforts here. What role will health promotion and disease prevention have in their planning? What exactly does health promotion mean? And what programs actually work?

Are you involved in a public health effort to promote healthy living? Have you participated in such a program? What role do you think health promotion has in the future of healthcare reform?


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