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Linda Howard, IHRSA member, speaks on Campaign to End Obesity panel

On May 30, the Campaign to End Obesity and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) held a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to discuss the obesity disparities in minority and low-income communities.

When the Campaign to End Obesity asked IHRSA for a panelist recommendation, we knew Linda Howard, CEO of Alturnative Fitness, would be an excellent choice. Howard has done a significant amount of research on minorities and physical activity, and is involved in efforts to make exercise more accessible for minorities.
During the panel, Howard spoke about the hidden cultural barriers that prevent some African American women from joining a gym or working out at all, and said that if these women-many of whom are single mothers-don't exercise, their children won't either. "Working with African American women on physical activity is a part of the solution to childhood obesity. We need to impact those that are in the best position to impact others. If we impact women, we impact families."
Howard also said she hopes to address the issue of better equipping health and wellness providers with the skills necessary for working successfully with diverse populations at the 2015 IHRSA Convention and Trade Show


Cost Estimates Miss Billions in Savings from Prevention Policies

Cost Estimates miss Billions of Dollars in Potential Long-Term Savings from Prevention Policies

The Campaign to End Obesity released a study today that puts effective obesity prevention efforts in their proper perspective. The study, “The Long-Term Returns of Obesity Prevention Policies,” recommends that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the agency responsible for estimating costs of proposed federal legislation, develop the capacity to estimate the costs of these policies over a 75-year horizon. The CBO generally uses a ten-year budget window, but effective preventive health measures can have long-run budgetary impacts that differ greatly from their ten-year projections, says the study.

For more on the study, click here. 


A Better Way to Estimate Primary Prevention Savings

Primary prevention advocates have long struggled with making a compelling economic argument for the long-term cost savings of policies that promote healthy behaviors. Well, compelling enough, anyway. Especially in these trying economic times, lawmakers are reticent to enact any legislation that has an upfront cost, despite projected savings from reduced health care costs and greater employee productivity. Now, the Campaign to End Obesity has released a new report, “Assessing the Economics of Obesity and Obesity Interventions,” which addresses how policymakers measure the benefits of policies to address chronic diseases.

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