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How much does the U.S. spend on healthcare per year?

  • $10 Million
  • $500 Million
  • $850 Million
  • More than $1 Trillion


More than $1 Trillion is spent on healthcare each year.


Treatment for chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes accounts for ____% of our healthcare spending?

  • 25%
  • 50%
  • 65%
  • 75%

Answer: 75%!!

The sad truth is that the healthcare dollars spent in the US do not equate to better health. Our country is in trouble because diabetes is on the rise and the rate of overweight adults is well over 50% of the population.

Did you know that you can save $2000 per year by maintaining a healthy body weight? You can also avoid a much higher risk for heart disease, diabetes and many cancers.

If you can avoid getting diabetes you can save almost $6000 per year!

Actually, a sustained 10% weight loss will reduce an overweight person’s lifetime medical costs by $2,200-$5,300.

By Hollis Bass, MEd, RD.

The American Heart Association estimates that each year, more than $33 billion in medical costs (and $9 billion in lost productivity) resulting from heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are attributed to poor diet.

(these statistics are excerpted from Do It Yourself Healthplan PowerPoint show - available in


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