According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic disease accounts for 70% of all deaths; medical care costs of people with chronic diseases account for more than 75% of the nation's $2 trillion medical care costs, and 90% of chronic disease conditions are preventable. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.Chronic Disease Overview.
Sixty-five percent of the adult population in the United States can be reached through worksites, which makes businesses ideal settings for implementing strategies for reducing overweight and obesity, according to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report.
"The obesity epidemic is a big contributor to the skyrocketing healthcare costs in the United States. How are we going to compete with the rest of the world if our economy and workforce are weighed down by bad health?"