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Weekly Roundup: Eyeing the Solutions

October 21, 2011

We have often said on this blog and in other forums that providing long-term, preventive solutions is critical to curbing the escalating health care costs currently driven by chronic disease. That’s why it’s encouraging to see in this week’s news inside and outside of the Beltway that an increasing number of organizations, companies and individuals are putting the spotlight back on these solutions and showing how they can truly change – for the better – America’s collective health.

Prevention Measures Making a Difference

October 13, 2011

The critical nature of prevention is gaining support and health care measures aimed at some of the most vulnerable, and costly, populations are starting to take hold as Americans grapple with the most effective approaches to achieving and sustaining long-term wellness. 

Partnerships in Health: Applying Metrics to Target Interventions & Improve Health

September 30, 2011

Last week, in partnership with ThinkWellPoint, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease hosted an event in Washington, D.C. highlighting health indices and how they can be used to promote prevention, improve care management and increase patient safety.

Addressing Chronic Diseases Would Reduce Debt, Generate Savings

September 20, 2011

This week, President Barack Obama shared his plan for reducing the national deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade, including making cuts of $248 billion and $72 billion to Medicare and Medicaid, respectively.  The plan would also generate $320 billion in healthcare savings over the same time period. 

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - Paving the Way towards a Healthier Future

This September marks the second annual National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. As America’s youth start another school year and embark on new challenges in the classroom, there couldn’t be a better time to take advantage of opportunities to change behaviors and environments and to encourage America’s children to value their health and wellness and to embrace physical activity.

Chronic disease in the news

August 17, 2011

As the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) works to increase awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and rising health care costs, there is increasing urgency in the news media for Americans to address the spectrum of issues contributing to and resulting from chronic disease. 

It Takes a Village

August 10, 2011

As our nation’s leaders continue to search for ways to address our financial woes, there are community leaders across the country working to address another looming problem area for Americans: obesity.

Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight, putting them at increased risk for more than 20 major diseases, including chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Health IT Helps Physical and Fiscal Bottom Lines

Because most chronic diseases are highly preventable and frequently manageable it cannot be denied that there is a lot Americans can do to improve their own individual health and ultimately, the overall health of our country. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that eliminating three risk factors – poor diet, inactivity, and smoking – would prevent 80% of heart disease and stroke; 80% of type 2 diabetes; and, 40% of cancer.

Obesity Rates Increase in Sixteen States

A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, has found that adult obesity rates rose in sixteen states over the last year and have doubled or nearly doubled in seventeen states since 1995. There was not a decline in any state within that same time period and only one state, Colorado, has an obesity rate below 20 percent.

Workplace Wellness Meets in the Middle of the Aisle

Congress is taking note of the need for workplace wellness, and elected officials are increasingly committed to making sure that the companies in their districts, for which their constituents are working, are including health and wellness programs in their overall corporate strategies.

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