Global Conference 2014

Global Conference 2014

Prevention and Wellness: The Keys to a Healthier, More Prosperous Society

Monday, April 28, 2014 / 8:00 am - 9:15 am

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?

Read the blog post on Currency of Ideas


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

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