How The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is Making Society Healthier

[ 0 ] July 3, 2014 |

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health. Employees work to improve  health and health care for all Americans.

WATCH as Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, talks about the ways people in society can improve their health:

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Health is one of the biggest issues facing society today. People want to be in good shape but they don’t want to put the effort in, and that’s where the problem stems from. Staying healthy is so important because it is vital to how people live their lives, stresses Lavizzo-Mourey.

“Health is what gives us the opportunity to enjoy all the life has to offer,” she says. Part of what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation does is contribute to fixing the health problems society has by ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be healthy.

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The best way to make opportunities of health available to everyone, Lavizzo-Mourey stresses, is by getting leaders of all kinds to realize their vital role in the issue and to motivate them to get involved.

“Once you own a problem, you’re well on the way to fixing it,” she says.  Sometimes that means showing people the solution to the problem in order to help spark their involvement. It often takes baby steps to make a major impact.

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About Risa Lavizzo-Mourey: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a position she has held since 2003. With more than 30 years of personal experience as a medical practitioner, policy-maker, professor, [...]
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