Preventing Chronic Disease
The January issue of Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is now available.
Don't miss CDC's Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention
and Public Health Promotion, Dr. Janet Collins' editorial about maternal and
child health and chronic disease prevention.
Winter Holidays the
A healthy diet and regular physical activity can easily be achieved by
making some easy, conscious decisions.
Alzheimer's, It's Not a
Normal Part of Growing Older
Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia among older adults,
affects parts of the brain that control thinking, remembering and making
Chronic diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—are the
leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Chronic
diseases account for 70% of all deaths in the U.S., which is 1.7 million
each year. These diseases also cause major limitations in daily living
for almost 1 out of 10 Americans or about 25 million people. Although chronic diseases are among the most
common and costly health problems, they are also among the most
preventable. Adopting healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods,
being physically active, and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or control
the devastating effects of these diseases.
CDC’s National Center for
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is at the forefront of the
nation's efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases. The center
conducts studies to better understand the causes of these diseases,
supports programs to promote healthy behaviors, and monitors the health of
the nation through surveys. Critical to the success of these efforts are
partnerships with state health and education agencies, voluntary
associations, private organizations, and other federal agencies. Together,
the center and its partners are working to create a healthier nation.
Page last reviewed: August 10, 2007
Page last modified: October 28, 2008
Content source: National Center for
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
(This numeric counter demonstrates the rate at which
Americans die from chronic diseases. By the end
of the year the total will reach approximately 1.7