National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Lauds Congress, Obama Administration for Supporting Prevention and Wellness

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) praises the 111th Congress and the Obama Administration for investing more than $1 billion in prevention and wellness through the approval of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. Representing almost 1,500 public health officials from every state and U.S. territory, NACDD's membership advocates nationally and at the state and local level for preventive policies and programs to reduce the impact of chronic diseases.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) praises the 111th Congress and the Obama Administration for investing more than $1 billion in prevention and wellness through the approval of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.

"We commend Congress and the Administration for supporting prevention and wellness initiatives through the creation of a Prevention and Wellness Fund," said John Robitscher, NACDD Executive Director. "For two decades, NACDD has linked the chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory to provide a national forum for chronic disease prevention and control efforts. We are pleased that our nation's leaders have signaled that prevention and wellness will play a role in future health care reform efforts."

Representing almost 1,500 public health officials from every state and U.S. territory, NACDD's membership advocates nationally and at the state and local level for preventive policies and programs to reduce the impact of chronic diseases. More than 45 percent of Americans, or 133 million people, have at least one chronic disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 percent of all U.S. health care costs relate to chronic diseases, with much of that cost being preventable.

A September 2008 survey by NACDD found that more than two-thirds of adult Americans agree that the U.S. health care system needs to put more emphasis on chronic disease preventive care than on treatment, and they're willing to pay higher taxes to fund those programs. The survey also found that Americans believe Congress needs to do more to pay for prevention programs.

"Congress and the Administration have made a smart stimulus investment that also holds immense implications for our nation's health today and tomorrow," said Robitscher. "NACDD and its members belief that by investing in prevention and wellness, we invest in our future physical and economic health. We will continue our work toward mobilizing national efforts to reduce chronic diseases, and we look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to ensure a continued focus on these important areas. "

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act includes $1 billion for a Prevention and Wellness Fund, which will support evidence-based clinical and community-based prevention and wellness initiatives, including $650 million for community prevention programs and $500 million for strengthening the health and public health workforce.

About the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD):
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association for chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory. The NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventive policies and programs, encouraging sharing of knowledge and developing partnerships for health promotion. (http://www.chronicdisease.org).

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