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Report highlights programs shown to prevent disease

September 22, 2009
AHA News Now

Trust for America's Health today released a compendium of programs shown to prevent disease and improve community health. Produced by the New York Academy of Medicine, the report includes community-based programs to prevent heart disease, stroke and diabetes; falls among the elderly; asthma; tobacco use; and HIV. "Despite the high rates of preventable death, investment in prevention has been historically modest in this country, accounting for only 4% of all health care expenditures," said NYAM President Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D. "The good news is that community-based prevention programs work. Well-designed community interventions can change behavior. They help people take responsibility for their health and make healthy choices that reduce both the incidence and severity of disease."

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