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Op-Ed on Importance of Progress in Public Health

In an op-ed in the Huffington Post, David Katz, M.D., Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center says that exercise and nutrition are key to lowering health care costs: “If all of us were simply to make better use of our feet, our forks, and our fingers—if we were to be physically active every day, eat a nearly optimal diet, and avoid tobacco—fully 80 percent of the chronic disease burden that plagues modern society could be eliminated,” he writes. But, Dr. Katz also acknowledges that getting Americans to change their lifestyles is often difficult. Therefore, Katz says, we should view small advances in public health as a big deal. 

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