It is well known that health care spending has become epidemic in the public and private sectors of the United States and is expected to soar higher over the next the next few years. Several bills to promote health and wellness initiatives have been introduced in the US congress although most of them have failed to move forward.
For this reason the next 50 blogs of "365 days of wellness" will be devoted to understanding what each state is doing individually to address the problems of physical inactivity, nutrition, smoking and chronic disease.
I am confident we will find state programs that are succeeding and thus educate ourselves on which and what wellness initiatives our most effective. As quoted in The Washington Post article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/12/AR2009011202892.html
"the rising costs of care and failing economy are driving more Americans into medical debt". Employers can no longer foot the bill. The situation as is is unsustainable. Employers must start adapting long term health and prevention programs now. Hopefully the next 50 blogs will empower employers to do just that with proven ideas and programs that work.
In good health,