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Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases have a long course of illness. They rarely resolve spontaneously and they are generally not cured by medication or prevented by vaccine. Chronic diseases - such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes - account for 7 of every 10 deaths and affect the quality of life of 90 million Americans. Chronic disabling conditions cause major limitations in activity for more than 1 of every 10 Americans or 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.

Helpful links for chronic diseases:

Dept. of Health Chronic Disease website

Dept. of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Understanding Heart Disease

Understanding Stroke