Tom Harte: Hi! My name is Tom Harte. I am a Board Member of the National Association of Health Underwriters. Today, I am going to be discussing childhood obesity. Did you know that up to 70% of the cost of healthcare in United States of America is a result of preventable healthcare conditions? Decisions that Americans make everyday, have a dramatic impact on the cost of your health insurance premiums.
In this video series I will address the impact of childhood obesity in our nation. Preventing the onset of lifestyle-related disease is imperative to reining in these high costs and people need to take more responsibility for their health which will reduce overall healthcare costs. I will also discuss tips to help overweight children and the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle. Before we begin, let me tell you a little bit about myself and the National Association of Health Underwriters.
NAHU represents more than 100,000 health insurance agents, brokers, and consultants who provide insurance to millions of Americans. Our members serve employers and individual consumers in accessing and purchasing affordable health insurance, and related products. As a Board Member of NAHU, I strive to effect positive change through involvement in the legislative process as well as industry and professional organizations. So let's get started on understanding how childhood obesity impacts our healthcare costs.