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Improve Health to Reduce Healthcare Costs

Friday, March 29, 2013

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Gabby Chesney
Friday, March 29, 2013

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In the current economic times, people are looking anywhere they can to cut costs in their life.  According to research conducted by the Milken Institute, more than half of Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, many of which are preventable. According to calculations by the Milken Institute these diseases cost Americans and the government $1.3 trillion annually. This money comes out of the pockets of Americans as well as from the government, affecting every American in one way or another. By adjusting one’s lifestyle people can greatly reduce the risk of chronic diseases thus decreasing the amount of money spent by Americans and the government on healthcare. According to projections done by the Milken Institute, by modestly improving chronic disease prevention and treatment the United States could reduce the economic impact of disease by $1.1 trillion each year. To learn more about the costs of chronic illness and the potential to reduce them, click here. 

Here at the University of New Hampshire there are many services to help members of the community improve their health and reduce their risk of chronic disease. Health Services offers nutrition counseling sessions, stress management classes, help with smoking cessation, yoga classes and even light therapy… all free of charge for students who have paid their health fee! These services can help students change their habits and dramatically reduce their risk of chronic disease, thus reducing their future healthcare costs. To learn about all that Health Services has to offer click here. Visit the website, check out the services they offer and keep yourself happy and healthy. Your body (and your wallet) will thank you. 

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