The financial implications of well-being |

The financial implications of well-being

The financial implications of well-being

“Get well soon” or “Stay healthier longer.” These two scenarios are determined in part by choices we make – how much to eat, whether to exercise, how engaged we are in our community. The prevailing wisdom is that the consequences of unhealthy habits during the first half of our lives show up in the second.

In the United States, spending on medical care has risen to $2 trillion a year. According to projections, spending is likely to continue to rise since we are living longer and spending more on medicines and innovative treatments.

How can we prevent illness and reduce the cost of treating ourselves? How can we avoid creating a huge economic burden for the next generation?

Some communities are experimenting with 24 hour-a-day call centers, personal care managers, and preventative programs for employees. Group health education, for example, such as diabetes workshops offered through the Wellness Center of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, also contributes to a healthier community.

The solutions that will bring us a healthier tomorrow, however, require our individual commitment and participation. Each of us must face our responsibility for making daily decisions that promote the health of our bodies.

Source: Debbie Wagner, R.N., Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Coordinator, Wellness Center. Also,

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