Prevention and Wellness: The Keys to a Healthier, More Prosperous Society
Monday, April 28, 2014 / 8:00 am - 9:15 am


Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute

Peter Attia, President and Co-Founder, Nutrition Science Initiative
Troyen Brennan, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark
Thomas Frieden, Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Lynn Goldman, Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Public Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
Dean Ornish, President and Founder, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Health-care spending threatens the economic future of developed nations worldwide as populations age and lifestyle changes create new risks. Yet the vast majority of health dollars go toward treatment, which is the least cost-effective approach. Bioscience offers great promise for cures and more precise interventions, both of which will reduce the cost of disease. But there's a simpler solution: The most effective way to deal with illness is to prevent people from getting ill in the first place, which could pay huge dividends in lives and money saved. We all know the importance of better nutrition, more exercise and fewer destructive habits. But experts (including these panelists) disagree on what constitutes "better" diets. Do calories matter, or should we focus more on Western diets' high levels of refined carbohydrates and sugar? Can bacon really be better for your waistline than bananas? What can be done to move the needle on deeply entrenched personal habits? What role can businesses play in encouraging healthier lifestyles? And what are the appropriate roles for federal and state agencies?

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