By Quianta Moore, M.D., and Ashleigh Johnson, M.P.H.
Though health education cost-effectively reduces the incidence, morbidity and mortality of chronic conditions such as obesity, currently there is no consistent, systematic method by which Americans are educated about their health. This paper discusses proven approaches to positively change poor behaviors such as overeating and a sedentary lifestyle — key factors that lead to obesity. Health problems related to obesity are reduced, thereby cutting health care costs.
Read the related commentary, "Can health education help reduce escalating health care costs?" in the April 29, 2015, Baker Institute Blog.