Chronic Disease Prevention Deserves Priority in Presidential Campaign

Better overall health care can be a key driver for U.S. economy

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease issued the following statement following last night’s Republican Presidential debate:

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What Americans Need to Live a Longer and Healthier Life

From Newsweek
September 14, 2015
By Kenneth Thorpe, C
hairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

America's seniors ought to wish Medicare a happy 50th birthday. Continued improvements to the federal health care insurance program cut the Medicare patient mortality rate 16 percent—the equivalent of 300,000 deaths per year—from 1999 to 2013.

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Pricey, effective new drugs save lives and cut medical costs

Drug prices are costing us all but pharmaceuticals pay huge dividends by avoiding far more expensive disease complications.

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P.E.: As American as Apple Pie

From the Morning Consult, August 13, 2015
By Joe Moore

Supporting P.E. in grades K through 12 is one of the most patriotic things you can do.

That’s right. Because supporting physical education in America’s schools is among the most effective steps we can take to ensure that in the coming decades our military will have enough physically fit recruits in times of national crisis. It’s also an essential way to secure the future health of our nation.

Yes. Your kids’ P.E. teachers are national leaders. And you need to support their efforts.

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Prevention could be the cure for high health costs

Chronic disease, much of it stemming from lifestyle choices, accounts for more than three-fourths of the money spent on health care. But precious little is spent to prevent it.

Kenneth Thorpe is chairman of the Washington-based Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. He doesn’t give much hope to the idea of bringing down the cost of health care unless prevention gets a much bigger role.

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High Blood Pressure: What You Need to Know

Blood pressure is the force of our blood being pushed against the artery walls when our heart beats. However, when the heart must exert more force to pump blood through the arteries, high blood pressure, or hypertension, may occur. Left unchecked, this can lead to various health concerns, most notably heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, there are many ways you can help reduce your blood pressure to healthy levels.

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New Virgin Pulse Survey Reveals 78 Percent of Employers are Adopting a More Holistic Approach to Employee Well-Being

(June 1, 2015) – Kicking off the 7th annual Employee Wellbeing Month (Twitter hashtag #EWM15), a month-long initiative designed to help business leaders learn how to engage employees in healthy habits and lifestyles, Virgin Pulse today released the results of “The Business of Healthy Employees: A Survey of Workplace Health Priorities,” revealing how employees are engaging with well-being programs and the impact these programs have on workplace culture.

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Consumer experience: finding information on Exchange Plans

For all consumers, but particularly for people with chronic diseases, having good healthcare coverage is critically important.

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New research shows Iowa health exchange would benefit from improvements

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 23, 2015 -- The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) released a public opinion poll of Iowa health care leaders and a new study analyzing the impact of increased cost sharing on patient adherence to prescription medications. The research released at the Capitol was focused on how the Iowa healthcare exchange could be improved to help patients better understand their insurance options.

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Study finds women prefer to work through breast cancer treatment

1.7 million cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year, and as Dr. Julia Perkins Smith notes, each diagnosis comes with “complicated treatment decisions as well as life decisions, including whether to work while undergoing treatment.” While one might assume that patients with breast cancer would focus on their treatment and recovery at the expense of making it into the office, a new survey from Cancer and Careers, Pfizer Inc.

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