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“Addressing the More Immediate Cost Drivers in Medicare”

Must Read Op-ed: “Addressing the More Immediate Cost Drivers in Medicare”

Medicare recipients (older adults) have the highest rate of obesity in America, and healthy lifestyle programs must be implemented now to reduce federal spending on obesity-related medical costs, writes Ken Thorpe for the Huffington Post.

Thorpe is the Executive Director of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, of which IHRSA is a member, and writes often on the importance of healthy lifestyles and primary prevention. Read the op-ed…


IHRSA Recognized by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

IHRSA is proud to be recognized by the Partnership to Prevent Chronic Disease in their July newsletter, for the vital role health clubs play in primary prevention. A long-time IHRSA ally, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and rising health care costs: chronic disease. 

Being profiled by these important allies strengthens IHRSA’s position as an active leader in addressing the underlying problems of physical inactivity and other unhealthy behaviors. Such behaviors are at the root of the rampant obesity, escalated chronic disease, and extreme health care spending that have put placed great difficulty on the U.S. economy. To sign up to receive the PCFD newsletter, contact Ken Thorpe.


PFCD sponsors National Employee Wellness Month

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) will sponsor the 4th Annual National Employee Wellness Month this June. The initiative is aimed at providing business leaders with new ideas and proven strategies around employee wellness and prevention.

“At the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, we know that creating healthier opportunities in the workplace is a critical component to preventing and better managing chronic disease, which is why this week we announced our sponsorship of this year’s event,” said Ken Thorpe, Executive Director of PFCD. Other sponsors include Virgin HealthMiles, the STOP Obesity Alliance and WorldatWork.

“Workplaces have the opportunity, motive and capability to create a desire for improved personal health through carefully designed, supportive wellness programs, which can lower absenteeism and reduce medical costs,” said Thorpe. “National Employee Wellness Month provides a great opportunity to raise awareness about the critical role workplaces must play in positively affecting employee health.”

Learn more about National Employee Wellness Month and how your club can help promote this initiative.


PFCD Hill Briefing How Health Indices Promote Prevention and Overall Health

The briefing, titled, “Partnerships in Health: Applying Metrics to Target Interventions and Improve Health,” explored how health indices can help identify areas for health improvement and also effective, measurable solutions.

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