As business leaders and government officials cope with surging health care costs, one global think tank is estimating that up to $303 billion can be saved through a healthier workforce should chronic disease prevention efforts in the workplace become the norm.

According to research from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. is spending about $2.7 trillion annually on health care, but these dollars are usually focused on treating disease and injury after they happen. The foundation says that seven out of 10 deaths in the U.S. are caused by chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

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