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01.09.2016 | Original Article | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

International Journal of Public Health 1/2017

Investing in a healthy lifestyle strategy: is it worth it?

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International Journal of Public Health > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autoren:
Tarik Benmarhnia, Pierre-Alexandre Dionne, Éric Tchouaket, Alvine K. Fansi, Astrid Brousselle
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1007/​s00038-016-0884-y) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
T. Benmarhnia and P.-A. Dionne equally contributed to this work.

Abstract

Objectives

In Quebec, various actors fund activities aimed at increasing physical activity, improving eating habits and reducing smoking. The objective was to evaluate how effective does the healthy lifestyle habits promotion (HLHP) strategy need to be to make to offset its costs.

Methods

First, we built the logic model of the HLHP strategy. We then assessed the strategy’s total cost as well as the direct health care expenditures associated with lifestyle-related risk factors (smoking, physical inactivity, insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables, obesity and overweight). Finally, we estimated the break-even point beyond which the economic benefits of the HLHP strategy would outweigh its costs.

Results

The HLHP strategy cost for 2010–2011 was estimated at $110 million. Direct healthcare expenditures associated with lifestyle-related risk factors were estimated at $4.161 billion. We estimated that 47 % of these expenditures were attributable to these risk factors.

Conclusions

We concluded that the HLHP strategy cost corresponded to 5.6 % of the annual healthcare expenditures attributable to these risk factors. This study compared the economic value of HLHP activities against healthcare expenditures associated with targeted risk factors.

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