Thursday, June 25, 2009

Harkin Talks Up Prevention and Wellness

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, wrote a column for in which he made a strong call for the inclusion of prevention and wellness services as part of health reform.

"It’s not enough to talk about how to extend insurance coverage and how to pay for health care – as important as those things are," Harkin said. "It makes no sense just to figure out a better way to pay the bills for a system that is dysfunctional, ineffective, and broken. We also have to change the health care system itself, beginning with a sharp new emphasis on prevention and public health.

"We also have to realize that wellness and prevention must be truly comprehensive. It is not only about what goes on in a doctor’s office. It encompasses workplace wellness programs, community-wide wellness programs, building bike paths and walking trails, getting junk food out of our schools, making school breakfasts and lunches more nutritious, increasing the amount of physical activity our children get, and so much more."


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