$40 Million available to prevent chronic diseases

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will be granting $40 million to help prevent chronic diseases and promote good health, according to a press release.  This initiative was created by the Affordable Care Act, and addresses the nation’s five leading chronic disease-related causes of death and disability: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.

According to the release, chronic diseases are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year, and they account for about three-fourths of the more than $2.5 trillion our nation spends annually on medical care. 

(Sources: Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.hhs.gov, June 7, 2011; AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, June 8, 2011)