Despite spending more per capita on health care than any other nation – nearly a fifth of our spending – the U.S. ranks disappointingly low on basic measures of good health like disability and life expectancy. It’s a hard pill to swallow for HR executives, responsible for health benefits and wellness programs. The troubling state of our country’s physical well-being keeps us up at night because we know it often reflects the organizations we serve. There’s a lot of research to suggest the best way to impact that discouraging statistic is to get, stay, and live well as a means to alleviate or prevent chronic conditions. According to the CDC, 84 percent of health care spending is associated with issues like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. Many of those are preventable, with obesity leading as a major factor. Obesity is a serious health concern with more than one-third of adults, approximately 78 million people affected. Nearly 1 in 5 youths aged 2-19 are as well. Our health is a precious gift and resource, yet we don’t always treat it that way or give it the time and attention it deserves. We simply take it for granted, making decisions every day that impact our overall health and general quality of life.