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Can Stimulus Funding Help Promote Wellness?

February 1, 2009
by by Allison Aubrey
National Public Radio

The economic stimulus bill wending its way through Congress includes up to $5.8 billion for disease prevention and wellness initiatives.

President Obama says the funding would provide access to vaccinations and fund community initiatives to tackle obesity, smoking and preventable chronic diseases...

More than 70 percent of health-care dollars are spent treating a handful of conditions: diabetes, heart disease, asthma and depression...

But often people don't get the evidence-based treatments that are proven to help manage these conditions...

"We know how to translate these programs into community settings where they will be less costly and just as effective," says Jeff Levi of the health advocacy organization Trust for America's Health.

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