National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: More Important Today Than Ever

By Helen Durkin, JD, Executive Vice President of Public Policy, International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is as relevant today as it was back in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan signed the very first proclamation making May the month to get moving.

Dissecting Diabetes: Costs and Chronic Disease Impact

April 8, 2014

A recent New York Times article, “Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Bills,” takes a deep dive into the myriad issues facing people with diabetes, from daily maintenance and complex costs to medical advances and resulting chronic diseases. The lifesaving and quality of life advances in diabetes care have been many but the complications of the disease continue to abound. Covering a great deal of ground, the article concludes with sobering statement from a life-long diabetes patient asserting that good treatment is what prevents disability.

Advancing Comprehensive Obesity Solutions Critical in the Fight Against Chronic Disease

April 4, 2014

As providers and patients, policymakers and stakeholders alike, all still grapple with how to understand obesity as a disease, the recent announcement by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) asserting drug therapy as a viable solution in the treatment of obesity, is another positive step forward in the fight against costly chronic disease.

Continuing the Campaign for Increased Quality Measurement

March 13, 2014

This month’s supplement edition of Medical Care is devoted to a critically important topic facing the US healthcare system: how to better care for the growing number of people suffering from multiple chronic conditions (MCC). Almost $2 out of every $3 spent on healthcare is directed toward care for the 27 percent of Americans with multiple chronic conditions.

Taking Tobacco by Storm in the Fight against Chronic Disease

February 10, 2014

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) commends CVS Caremark for the bold move of ending sales of tobacco in its 7,600 locations nationwide. Use of tobacco products remains a significant public health problem in the U.S. and, despite the risks, one in five adults still smokes. CVS’s decision is a meaningful step forward in the fight against chronic disease, particularly if others follow suit.

Curbing Smoking Critical in Fight Against Chronic Disease

February 3, 2014

According to The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, although significant progress has been made, smoking remains the most preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S. Nearly half a million Americans die prematurely from smoking each year, and more than 16 million Americans suffer from a disease caused by smoking.  On February 4, World Cancer Day, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) implores all Americans to take steps to improve their health. Stopping tobacco use, eating better, and exercising can help lower cancer risks dramatically. Why not mark World Cancer Day by making healthier choices that will help you prevent cancer and other chronic conditions?

Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Critical Focus of Healthcare Reform

December 18, 2013

More than one in four Americans have multiple chronic conditions (MCC). Closing out 2013 with a webinar update on multiple chronic conditions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions convened a discussion on new programs and refreshed a strong commitment to the 2010 Strategic Framework, a roadmap for bringing together HHS programs and policies as well as bridging public and private partnerships to effectively address the increasing burden of multiple chronic conditions.

Identifying Roles and Maximizing Success in the Pursuit of Health & Wellness

December 5, 2013

Grappling as a country with the ins and outs of healthcare, we find ourselves continually identifying the same prevalent health concerns - diabetes, cancer, heart disease. Facing rising costs and increasing incidences of chronic disease, obesity is more often than not a common denominator. Though debates continue as to the level of contribution more sedentary lifestyles and greater caloric consumption have made, there is no debate that addressing obesity requires an “all-hands-on-deck” approach.

Family Caregiving Has Many Faces

By John Schall, CEO of the Caregiver Action Network
October 30, 2013

“Mom had a stroke,” my sister’s voice was telling me over the phone. At first, I did not quite comprehend the message. My father was 93 years old and my mother was his caregiver, so bad news about my father might have been somewhat expected. But my sister was telling me that it was my 80-year old mother who just had a stroke, not my 93-year old father. That was definitely unexpected.

Medication Adherence: Taking Daily Steps for Healthier Outcomes

October 17, 2013

Managing chronic illness is not just about properly utilizing the healthcare options available to you, but perhaps more importantly, making the healthy choice and following prescribed medical advice. According to the World Health Organization, in developed countries only half of people who suffer from chronic diseases adhere to treatment recommendations. Adherence is a primary determinant of healthy outcomes, yet three out of four Americans report that they don’t always take their medicines as directed.