Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future


Wednesday, June 6, 2012


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM


Bipartisan Policy Center


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A bipartisan group of former cabinet secretaries released a comprehensive and actionable plan to improve America’s physical and fiscal crises, driven by the alarming rates of obesity and chronic disease today. Former Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman and former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala and Mike Leavitt released the recommendations today, calling needed attention to our mounting health care spending, which is expected to reach $4.6 trillion dollars annually by 2020 and consume 19.8% of GDP.

The report, entitled, Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future, from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, calls on the public and private sectors to collaborate in creating healthy families, schools, workplaces and communities, focusing on existing best practices that can be implemented on a large scale to broaden their impact and help scale back obesity in the U.S. The co-chairs recognize that given America’s limited federal resources, any effective plan to reduce obesity and health care costs will need to engage private sector partners and build on successful examples, targeting those actions with the most promise to bring about large-scale shifts over time.

Read the full press release here.

Read the Report: Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future

Featuring BPC Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative Co-chairs

Dan Glickman

Senior Fellow, BPC Former Secretary of Agriculture

Mike Leavitt

Chairman, Leavitt Partners Former Governor of Utah Former Health and Human Services Secretary

Donna E. Shalala

President, University of Miami Former Health and Human Services Secretary

Ann M. Veneman

Former Executive Director, UNICEF Former Secretary of Agriculture

Read the Report: Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future

Lots to Lose: Event Slides



MSNBC: Andrea Mitchell Reports: Why Obesity is a major threat

Fox Business VIDEO: Obesity Costing U.S. Billions Per Year

The Washington Post: Health-care spending vs. health

The Hill: Lots to lose — How obesity is costing America

"Soon after he was elected in 1960, John F. Kennedy made physical fitness a defining principle of his presidency. In an article for Sports Illustrated titled 'The Soft American,' the president-elect wrote: 'It is my hope … that the communities will … make it possible for young boys and girls to participate actively in the physical life; and that men and women who have reached the age of maturity will concern themselves with maintaining their own participation in this phase of national vigor — national life.' More than a half century later, it is safe to say Kennedy would be appalled at the physical condition of our people." - Glickman, Leavitt, Shalala and VenemanThe Hill, June 5, 2012


Press Release: Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Plan to Improve Nation’s Physical Health and Lower Health Care Costs

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