Wisconsin officials have decided not to support applications for approx $28m in federal grants for preventative health measures, i.e., prevention of smoking, obesity, diabetes, etc. Penny wise, pound foolish. David Wahlberg in the Wisconsin State Journal:
“The federal money would allow the state to expand efforts to prevent smoking and childhood obesity through social marketing, nutrition programs and physical activity initiatives, Sieger said.
Dr. Pat McBride, an associate dean at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, said the efforts could help control soaring health care costs that are hard on businesses. “If we don’t deal with prevention, we’re going to be paying the price later with complications of diseases,” McBride said.”