About the Initiative
Value of Prevention
Our health care system and the federal budget are drowning under the burden of chronic diseases, like obesity and diabetes, and their associated costs. Health care spending is a primary driver of our annual federal deficit and care for patients with chronic diseases account for three-quarters of our nearly $3 trillion in total health care costs.
Food and Farm Policy
By Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman
Rising rates of obesity and chronic disease account for almost three-quarters of our nation’s healthcare spending. Many of these diseases are caused by poor dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles. The links among food and farm policy, population health, and rising healthcare costs deserve more attention across sectors.
The Healthy Base Initiative (HBI) is more than an employee wellness program, it is a systematic approach to encourage individual behavior change as well as change the DoD environment to foster healthier lifestyles. The goals of HBI align directly with DoD's mission to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. Optimal recruitment, readiness and retention are critical to that mission and are only possible if we combat the rising tide of unhealthy lifestyles and chronic diseases, such as obesity.