National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Joins Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease in Releasing "Keeping America Healthy," a Roadmap to Curbing the Chronic Disease Crisis

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) has released a new resource for policymakers and health experts titled "Keeping America Healthy: A Guide To Successful Programs." The publication showcases public and private programs from across the country that have proven successful in promoting healthy behaviors and reducing the burden of disease.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) today joined the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) in releasing a new resource for policymakers and health experts titled "Keeping America Healthy: A Guide To Successful Programs." The publication, which was compiled by the PFCD with support from its members, showcases public and private programs from across the country that have proven successful in promoting healthy behaviors and reducing the burden of disease.

NACDD is actively engaged in the fight against chronic disease as a member of the PFCD.

"The science of prevention and control of chronic disease needs to inform public policy for the health of all Americans," said David Hoffman, NACDD policy chair. "State-based chronic disease prevention efforts, an important component of our progress to date, are prominently displayed in this new Promising Practices guide. It is essential that these practices be recognized and supported if we are ever going to impact the epidemic of chronic disease."

"As a Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease board member, I am proud of its newest publication 'Keeping America Healthy: A Guide to successful Programs'," said John Robitscher, NACDD executive director. "This publication would not have the power it has without the hard work of our dedicated chronic disease directors working on behalf of every state and U.S. territory to reduce the burden of chronic disease.

"While management of chronic diseases is important to reduce the burden and cost of chronic conditions, most could be prevented with increased physical activity, smaller food portions and eliminating tobacco. The time is now for us all to invest in the prevention of chronic conditions. The nation's obesity rate has gone up by 250 percent since 1980; if the trend continues, one in three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. It would be a terrible legacy for our generation if we outlive our children."

Keeping America Healthy examines programs across four settings - workplaces, schools, communities and health systems - and identifies nine "essential elements" for success. It also includes a catalog that can serve as examples of ways to change individual behavior, maintain or improve health and manage the staggering health care costs associated with chronic diseases. This new resource is available on the PFCD Web site at http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/promisingpractices.

"There is no template for promoting health and wellness that works in all settings or circumstances," said Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, and executive director of the PFCD. "It is our hope that 'Keeping America Healthy' will provide a roadmap for how to design and implement programs that will lower chronic disease rates and reduce the burden of illness on those already affected."

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

PFCD is a national coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease.

The PFCD's mission is to:

  •     Challenge policymakers - in particular, the 2008 presidential candidates - to make fighting chronic disease a top priority and articulate how they will address the issue in their health care proposals
  •     Educate the public about chronic disease and potential solutions for individuals, communities, and the nation
  •     Mobilize Americans to call for change in how policymakers, governments, employers, health institutions, and other entities approach chronic disease

For more information about the PFCD and its partner organizations, please visit: http://www.fightchronicdisease.org.

About NACDD

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is a national public health association, founded in 1988, to link the chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory to provide a national forum for chronic disease prevention and control efforts. NACDD provides state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control at the state and national level. Further information about NACDD is available at http://www.chronicdisease.org. To read state success stories in chronic disease prevention and control, please visit http://www.chronicdisease.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3299.

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