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Health experts brief US congressional staff members on ways to reduce chronic disease

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3723 (Published 15 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3723
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

US companies are beginning to look at local rates of obesity when they consider where to locate and expand their business activities. They use the data as a marker for future medical costs they might incur, said James Marks, a senior vice president with the charity the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Treating chronic diseases consumes an estimated 75% of all US healthcare spending.

Dr Marks was speaking at a briefing on Capitol Hill on 10 June aimed at educating congressional staff members on the connections between non-medical policies and chronic disease. He noted that, for the first time, US healthcare reform legislation passed in 2010 included prevention and non-medical interventions in a meaningful way.

“No set of …

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