Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy provides the analytical connections showing students how issues and actions are translated into public policies and institutions for resolving or managing healthcare issues and crises, such as the recent attempt to reform the national healthcare system. The Guide highlights the decision-making cycle that requires the cooperation of government, business, and an informed citizenry in order to achieve a comprehensive approach to advancing the nation's healthcare policies. Through 30 topical, operational, and relational essays, the book addresses the development of the U.S. healthcare system and policies, the federal agencies and public and private organizations that frame and administer those policies, and the challenges of balancing the nation's healthcare needs with the rising costs of medical research, cost-effective treatment, and adequate health insurance.

Key Features: 30 topical essays investigate the fundamental political, social, economic, and procedural initiatives that drive health and health care policy decisions affecting Americans at the local, regional, and national levels.; Essential themes traced throughout the chapters include providing access to healthcare, national and international intervention, nutrition and health, human and financial resource allocation, freedom of religion versus public policy, discrimination and healthcare policy, universal healthcare coverage, private healthcare versus publicly funded healthcare, and the immediate and long-term costs associated with disease prevention, treatment, and health maintenance.; A Glossary of Key Healthcare Policy Terms and Events, a Selected Master Bibliography, and a thorough Index are included.

This must-have reference for political science and public policy students who seek to understand the issues affecting health care policy in the U.S. is suitable for academic, public, high school, government, and professional libraries.

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Obesity Epidemic: Issues, Policies, and Solutions (1960s–Present)
Nutrition, physical activity, and the obesity epidemic: Issues, policies, and solutions (1960s–present)
Thomas D.Fahey and Michael W.Fahey

The United States is in the midst of an obesity epidemic, with more than two-thirds of the population either overweight or obese. Since 1960, the average American man's weight has increased from 166 to 191 pounds, and the average American woman's weight has increased from 140 to 164 pounds. The prevalence of obesity has increased from about 13 percent in 1960 to 35.7 percent in 2014. More than 68 percent of American adults are now overweight.1 Obesity rates finally leveled off in 2014, after a consistent increase since 1980. Even with this promising statistic, obesity rates exceed 30 ...

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