Research shows that today's children could be on track to be the first in U.S. history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents, and more than half of Americans are living with one or more serious chronic diseases — a majority of which could have been prevented.

In response, the Trust for America's Health released "A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years," which outlines policy approaches to prioritize prevention and improve the health of Americans.

The report stresses the importance of taking innovative approaches and building partnerships with a range of sectors. Some recommendations:

  • Ensure payers reimburse for effective prevention approaches inside and outside the doctor's office.
  • Integrate community-based strategies into new health care models, such as by expanding accountable care organizations into accountable care communities.
  • Work with nonprofit hospitals to identify effective ways they can expand support for prevention through community benefit programs.
  • Encourage all employers to provide evidence-based workplace wellness programs.

The report also includes recommendations for key public health issues, including: reversing the obesity epidemic; preventing tobacco use and exposure; improving the health of low-income and minority communities; reducing environmental health threats; and fixing food safety.

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