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The World is Getting Flatter and We’re Getting Rounder: Analyzing the Cost of Unhealthy Lifestyles in Your Community S hellie Pfohl, M.S. Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Be Active North Carolina, Inc. Be Active North Carolina. A Statewide Initiative to Increase Physical Activity.

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The World is Getting Flatter and We’re Getting Rounder: Analyzing the Cost of Unhealthy Lifestyles in Your CommunityShellie Pfohl, M.S.Vice President & Chief Operating OfficerBe Active North Carolina, Inc.

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Be Active North Carolina

A Statewide Initiative to Increase Physical Activity

ask yourself
How can Forsyth County, NC and the USA compete in a global economy with our current trend in health care costs?

Why would companies want to employ Americans if they can get the same or better quality products/services overseas for a tenth of the cost?

How does this impact health, health care, education, economy in America/NC?

How can we get NC moving in the right direction?

Ask yourself……
things to consider
You know the ‘human’ cost of unhealthy lifestyles from your CHA, BRFSS, etc.

But how does this impact your economy, healthcare costs, jobs….?

Funders, sponsors, policy-makers care about the ‘bottom line’

Have to make the connection between your ‘health’ data and ‘economic’ data

Things to Consider…
need to answer
Why should we have more PE in schools?

Why do we need more bike lanes and multi-use trails?

Why do we need policies for healthy snacks in vending machines?

Why do we need safe routes to schools? …… Focus on ECONOMY

Need to answer….
using your cha
Do the data from your county indicate that there is a problem?

Trends in county

Compare with state, nation

What are the implications of these data?

Economic

Using your CHA…
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In 2003, physical inactivity, excess weight, type II diabetes and low fruit/veggie intake cost North Carolinians an estimated $24.1 billion.

NEW data is forthcoming!!

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In 2003, the combined direct & indirect cost of physical inactivity, type II diabetes & excess weight among North Carolinians YOUNGSTERS was estimated to be $38.2 million per year.

growing up and out
An overweight young adult in NC will incur more than $22,000 in direct medical care expenses due to excess weightalone by the mid-point of their working years… & over $200,000 as they near retirement.Growing Up … and Out
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CHA Data

State and National Data

Be Active Economic Study

Forsyth County
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Overweight or Obese – Adult

Forsyth: 57.4%

NC: 62.9% (2006)

US: 60.5%

Overweight or At-risk – Youth (5-11)

Forsyth: 18.2%

NC: 27.3%

US: 33% (6-11)

Forsyth
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The economic cost of unhealthy lifestyles* among adults in Forsyth County is nearly $466 million annually.

* “Unhealthy lifestyles” includes the risk factors of diabetes, depression, excess weight, physical inactivity, abnormal blood lipid level, low fruit & vegetable intake and tobacco use.

Forsyth
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The economic cost of unhealthy lifestyles* among adults in Forsyth County is nearly $466 million annually.

* “Unhealthy lifestyles” includes the risk factors of diabetes, depression, excess weight, physical inactivity, abnormal blood lipid level, low fruit & vegetable intake and tobacco use.

Forsyth
the cost of doing nothing
If we do not turn these trends around then…

$466 million in Forsyth will grow to $653 million by 2010.

The Cost of Doing Nothing
the good news
If we can get just 3% of at-risk adults to be more healthy (physically active, manage weight, better diet…) we could achieve a cost-savings of about $19.6 million per year.The Good News….
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An overweight young adult in NC will incur more than $22,000 in direct medical care expenses due to excess weightalone by the mid-point of their working years… & over $200,000 as they near retirement.Growing Up … and Out
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The direct medial cost of unhealthy lifestyles among youth in Forsyth County is over $726,000 annually.

If trends continue, the current group of inactive and overweight youth in our country will incur medical care and lost productivity cost of over $951 million by the mid-point of their working years and over $8.6 billion by the time they retire.

Forsyth
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If we can get just 4% of at-risk youth in Forsyth County to be more active, eat nutritiously and achieve a healthy weight, we can save nearly $41,000 annual in direct medical costs.The Good News….
what could you do with the saved
Relate the saving to new jobs……the cost savings in Forsyth could fund about 584 new jobs (based on average salary figures). What Could YOU Do With the Saved $$$
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For the first time in more than 100 years, our children’s life expectancy is declining due to the increase in overweight.

Source: Olshanksy S, et all. A potential decline in life expectancy in the Unites States in the 21st century.

contact info
Shellie Pfohl

Vice President – Strategic Development

Be Active North Carolina, Inc.

shellie@beactivenc.org

919-765-7171

www.beactivenc.org

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