More than a third of American adults are obese — 78.6 million to be exact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 29 million, or 9.3% of the population, have diabetes.

Those staggering statistics prove that the days of treating people only after they get sick are over, and we have to take preemptive action, says Cathy Kenworthy, CEO of Interactive Health, a Chicago-area outcomes-based wellness program provider. “There’s no way that the current model can be effective,” she says. “Preventative care is a very logical next progression.”

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