Press Release

Statement on the Healthy Workforce Act

Rick Pollack
Executive Vice President

July 9, 2007

Every year, U.S. businesses spend billions of dollars on employee health care yet thousands of employees suffer unnecessarily from common chronic conditions.  Today's legislation rightly joins employers, health providers and Americans together to fight chronic disease and foster healthier lifestyles.  Together, we can manage and often prevent chronic conditions.

Many employers have programs in place that actively promote wellness.  By acknowledging the hard work done and encouraging additional employers to join the effort, we can create a network of support and resources that help even more working Americans exercise regularly, eat healthier and access preventive tests and screenings.  The American Hospital Association applauds Senator Harkin, Senator Smith and others for their leadership and commitment to America's health.

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The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

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