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Wednesday
May302012

Health Ministers Target Chronic Disease

As reported by the Huffington Post, United Nations health ministers from around the world agreed to look at ways to reduce deaths from chronic disease by 25 percent by 2050, marking forward momentum in the fight against unhealthy lifestyles and chronic disease. Countries including Brazil, Russia and the United States put the draft agreement forward and it is expected to be formally adopted later this week, according to the Huffington Post. 

The agreement targets risk factors including physical activity, diet, tobacco use and alcohol consumption. However, targets for addressing these risk factors have not been established. But, proponents for addressing chronic disease say it is a promising step forward.

"The message to take home is that it's a work in progress and work has progressed. And we are on target, progress has NOT stalled, capital N-O-T,” said Douglas Bettcher, acting director of the World Health Organization’s chronic disease and health promotion department, according to the Post.

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