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Heart/Stroke/Cardiovascular Disease

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COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION GRANTS

Community Transformation Grants support and enable communities to identify and respond to their specific health problems. Funded by Congress, these grants provided 61 state and local government agencies, tribes and territories, and nonprofit organizations in 36 states with more than $103 million and seven national networks of community-based organizations with $4.2 million in fiscal year 2012.

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DIETARY SODIUM LAWS

About 90 percent of Americans consume too much sodium, raising their risk for high blood pressure, which can cause heart disease and stroke—the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. High blood pressure (hypertension) can also lead to other major health problems such as congestive heart failure and kidney disease, contribute to hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) and may even cause blindness.

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OVERVIEW | HEART, STROKE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Heart disease and stroke, the first and fourth leading causes of death for U.S. men and women, and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 800,000 U.S. adults annually, including 150,000 younger than age 65. Treatment for cardiovascular disease takes $1 of every $6 spent in the U.S. for health services. Leading heart risk factors—high blood pressure, high cholesterol (each affecting one-in-three Americans) and tobacco use—are largely preventable. Policy options to reduce heart risks include enabling healthy choices like access to fresh foods and places to be physically active; reducing salt and artificial trans-fat in the food supply; preventing or stopping tobacco use; smoke-free air policies; using electronic health records and reminders; and allowing a range of health care professionals to assist in managing high blood pressure and cholesterol.

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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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