There’s more to health than health care

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America – led by Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. and Alice M. Rivlin, Ph.D., two national health care and fiscal policy leaders – released 10 recommendations for dramatic improvements in the health of all Americans, particularly those who face the greatest barriers to good health.

Launched in February 2008, the 14-member national, independent, non-partisan Commission has spent the last year investigating how factors outside the health care system affect health. The Commission’s recommendations call for changes in schools, at home, in communities, and in the workplace. They are rooted in a twin philosophy: good health requires individuals to make responsible personal choices as well as a societal commitment to remove the obstacles preventing too many Americans from making healthy decisions.

See the recommendations, watch videos from the event and read the new report, Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America, at http://www.commissiononhealth.org/.

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