PFLTAS Highlights: Libraries and Healthcare

As a nation, America spends nearly a fifth of its yearly GDP on healthcare, more than any other nation. One of the most significant causes for this spending is the increase in Americans with chronic diseases, often stemming from obesity and stress (1). Since health promotion is one way of encouraging changes in behavior, and many of these chronic diseases are preventable and/or controllable with behavior modification, , it is clear that health is one area that public libraries can play an important role in improving the wellbeing of their communities.