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Chronic diseases and their risk factors highlighted in new WHO report

(April 29, 2011) This week , the World Health Organization released their first Global Status Report on Non-Communicable Diseases, highlighting the global prevalence and impact of chronic conditions. In 2008 there were 57 million deaths worldwide, 36 million of these deaths were attributed to chronic disease. According to the WHO report, most NCDs are commonly associated with four particular (and preventable) behaviors: physical inactivity, tobacco use, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol.

Prevention Read

"Chronically Ill, and Covered," New York Times, September 22, 2010

GWU Releases New Obesity Data

The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy’s Christine Ferguson and colleagues released new obesity data today. See the full report here:

Thorpe on Prevention and Wellness

Ken Thorpe discussed prevention and wellness  with Tom Daschle, Newt Gingrich, and Ben Leedle last week at a Center for Health Transformation meeting.

PPACA Examples of Success

The White House Office of Public Engagement on the Affordable Care Act is seeking "real life" examples of individuals benefiting from implementation of PPACA (i.e. those getting preventive care who were previously unable to do so).

Trust for America's Health is collecting examples. Please send all examples to and PFCD will pass them along. Be sure to include where they're from, contact information, etc.

Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Trust for America’s Health is circulating a letter to Congress in support of preserving the Prevention and Public Health Fund and is asking other organizations to sign on as well. To date, over 300 organizations have signed the letter. It reads:

As the Senate considers the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (H.R. 5297), the undersigned organizations strongly urge you to oppose the use of the Prevention and Public Health Fund from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as an offset for an amendment offered by Senator Johanns (No. 4531).

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