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HHS Makes $40 Million Available for Prevention of Chronic Disease  

Yesterday the US Health and Human Services Department announced that it will provide all 58 US states and territories with funding in support of efforts to prevent chronic disease and promote health, including environmental and policy changes related to physical activity (this is in addition to the $100 million announced last month). Created by the Affordable Care Act, this initiative targets the nation’s five leading chronic disease-related causes of death and disability: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis. Read the full press release.

In order to receive funding, programs are required to demonstrate coordinated approaches to addressing the leading causes of chronic disease deaths and their associated risk factors, including but not limited to heart disease, cancer, stroke, arthritis, diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. “Many chronic diseases share common risk factors, afflict similar population groups the hardest, and can be effectively addressed by the same public health strategies,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of HHS’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which oversees the initiative. “That’s why it’s so important to help state and territorial health departments develop the organizational capacity and management approaches to deal with chronic diseases holistically, not just as separate conditions.”