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Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: April 11, 2014
DHSS-4-2014





PREVENTING PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS HAS A HIGH RETURN ON INVESTMENT

NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK (April 7-13, 2014)
FOR DAY 5 - APRIL 11, 2014


DOVER, DE (April 11, 2014) - The United States' health care costs rose ten-fold from 1980 to 2010 and will continue to rise, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA). Investing $10 per person each year in proven, community-based health efforts could save the nation more than $16 billion within five years. National Public Health Week is April 7-13, 2014.

"Investing in preventing disease and other health problems has an impressively high return on investment," said Rita Landgraf, Secretary, Department of Health and Social Services. "For children and young adults to have bright, healthy and safe futures, we must champion strategic investments that prevent devastating and costly health problems such as obesity, injuries, diabetes, cancer, and barriers to services."

Added Dr. Karyl Rattay, Division of Public Health Director, "If Americans begin maintaining healthier weights and obesity rates decrease by 5 percent, the nation could save $29.8 billion in five years, $158.1 billion in 10 years and $611.7 billion in 20 years, according to an analysis conducted by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and Micro Health Simulations."

The APHA provides more examples of high returns on public health investments on its website and in its video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=B5M9JefYxJI#t=22)

For more information about National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org.

DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.

The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and communities. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Learn more at www.apha.org.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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