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CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION

Policymakers can help reduce the prevalence, health effects and costs of chronic disease and conditions.

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COPD LEGISLATION

This page lists state legislation from 2008-2012 of varying status (adopted, enacted, did not pass, pending) that relates to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Many bills and resolutions were proposed in state legislatures across the nation, including measures to: establish and strengthen treatment plans or programs, raise awareness and encourage research, and allocate funding in appropriations bills. 

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OVERVIEW

Chronic diseases—heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and stroke—are the leading causes of death in the United States.  Seven of every 10 deaths in the U.S. result from chronic conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women, followed by cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases—stroke is fourth, diabetes is seventh. Chronic, disabling conditions cause major limitations in activity for more than one of every 10 Americans, or 25 million people. Chronic diseases also are costly to states, yet they are among the most preventable of health problems.

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    Maps: Percentage of children who were considered obese in 2011, 2007 and 2003 and 50-state charts of childhood obesity data for both childhood overweight and obesity for 10-17 year olds for the same three years. Also includes other factual data on childhood obesity.

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