The city of New York is contemplating new health initiatives to improve the patient-care experience, improve the health of city employees, and reduce costs. A new "Culture of Health" team was created to explore programs that would examine how city workers can live healthier lives by quitting smoking, exercising more and eating better.
“Wellness programs should be targeted to those at risk for illness . . . since the healthiest 50 percent of the population generates only 3 percent of [health-care costs],” said Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.