Knowl­edge is not pow­er. The big chal­lenge is to trans­late knowl­edge into what peo­ple rou­tine­ly do. Func­tion­al knowl­edge should help peo­ple make good and healthy deci­sions. In this inter­view, David Katz out­lines pos­si­bil­i­ties to reduce chron­ic dis­eases and to con­tribute to an over­all health­i­er society.

Feet (phys­i­cal activ­i­ty), forks (nutri­tion), and fin­gers (smok­ing) are the key fac­tors of chron­ic dis­ease. Car­rots instead of sticks is what he argues for to help peo­ple achieve health­i­er lifestyles. David Katz sees an oppor­tu­ni­ty for Upper Aus­tria in the pos­si­bil­i­ty to work on a com­pre­hen­sive con­cept for the pre­ven­tion of chron­ic disease.

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