- The United States spends more on health care than any other nation in the world but has worse life expectancy than many other nations who spend less.
- The U.S. average life expectancy at birth for women is 80.8 years and 75.6 years for men.
- In France, women's life expectancy is 84.4 years and for men it is 77.4 years.
- In Japan, women's life expectancy is almost 86 years and for men it is 79.2.
- The report concludes that smoking and obesity are the primary drivers of the U.S.'s poor performance since, according to the findings, over the years, the U.S. led those unhealthy trends of eating too much of the wrong kinds of food and smoking too much.
- The report found in countries where women's life expectancy was high, there was a strong correlation with low smoking levels and in those countries where women's smoking levels were comparable to U.S. smoking levels, life expectancy was about the same as in the U.S.
- In our current health care industry there is no incentive for staying well.
- Obesity in America accounts for 10% of all health care costs.
- At the Cleveland Clinic facility, all deep fryers were removed from the cafeterias, the menus were made healthier, the candy and soda machines were removed, free exercise programs were initiated for Clinic employers, free Weight Watcher memberships were made available.
- In the first year of this transformation, Cleveland Clinic employees lost amazing 120,000 pounds of weight, 60 tons.
- From a smoking perspective, smoking was banned on the entire grounds of the Clinic, free smoking cessation classes were offered to both employees and the entire county where the Clinic is located, a lobbying push was made to ban public smoking everywhere in Ohio, and the Clinic stopped hiring smokers. In four years the smoking rate in the county went from 28% to 18%, a little less than the national average of 20%.
- Cooking classes to help people learn to eat healthier.
- Formation of walking groups to get people more active and connected to others.
- Construction of pedestrian-friendly paths.
- Creation of community gardens.
- Two thirds of the city's restaurants began serving health food options.
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