National Public Health Week: Get out Ahead

April 9, 2014

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“Prevention must become a national obsession”- Richard Carmody, US surgeon general 2003.

 “Get out ahead” focuses on the idea that preventive care keeps people healthy by not having them get sick in the first place. For example from 2000-2004, the United States spent $96 billion dollars on health care expenditures related to smoking. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death. This is just one example of how expensive health care can be. Preventive care can teach people the harmful effects of smoking and highly discourage it so less people will ever start the addictive and costly habit.

Only 3% of our health care dollars are spent towards prevention.This is largely because it can be somewhat difficult to track the success of prevention whereas treating a disease has a more measurable success rate.However by preventing people from starting smoking, or getting diabetes, or getting HIV (just to name a few) it will mean a healthier population and lower health care spending.

How do I start?Some great ways to “get out ahead” are to help by volunteering at community health centers, or encourage your community to take part in prevention screenings or health fairs.Learn more about cancer screenings and diabetes prevention.Health prevention keeps you healthy from the start and even saves you money! 

Get Out Ahead!Don’t wait till you get sick to seek medical attention, by utilizing prevention methods you can prevent sickness in the first place!  

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