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Entries in Trust for America's Health (5)


How Healthy is Your Community?

As a health club operator, it is important to know the health of your community.

State level health data from 2009-2013 is now available in a report from Trust for America’s health, Investing in America's Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts.  

Click here for a copy of the report and state-specific searchable map.


Trust for America’s Health Recommends Healthier Lifestyles

Yesterday, Trust for America’s Health, a D.C. based, bi-partisan public health organization released A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years.

The report provides high-impact recommendations to prioritize prevention and improve the health of Americans, including increasing physical activity and encouraging employers to provide effective, evidence-based workplace wellness programs. 

Read the report…


Report: Obesity Can Get Worse, Need Greater Prevention Services

Findings from the newest edition of F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future, a report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are unsettling. If current obesity rates continue, it says, every state could have an obesity rate above 44 percent by 2030, and most states could have rates higher than 50 percent. Also, currently, more than a quarter of U.S. adults do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity (i.e., any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking).

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Trust for America's Health Analyzes State Obesity Rates

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s report comes alongside Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) analysis of state obesity rates and rankings. The analysis found that the 12 most obese states all had obesity rates over 30%. The most obese state was Mississippi (34.9%), Colorado (20.7%) the least.

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Trust for America’s Health Favors Worksite Wellness

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) released a new report, Healthier Americans for a Healthier Economy, featuring six case studies focused on the relationship between health and economic development. The report examines how health affects the ability of states, cities and towns to attract and retain employers, and how workplace and community wellness programs help improve productivity and reduce health care costs. This report lends credence to health club operators, especially those operating corporate or worksite facilities, who understand the economic importance of a healthy workforce.

“High rates of chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, are among the biggest drivers of U.S. health care costs and they are harming our nation’s productivity,” said Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH, and Chair of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health in a press release. “Workplace wellness and community prevention programs are a win-win way to make a real difference in improving our health and bottom line all at once.” 

The full report is available on TFAH's website at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment and W. K. Kellogg Foundation supported the report.