According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nationally, Americans use preventive services at nearly half the rate we should. However, preventable conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are responsible for 7 of every 10 deaths each year in our country and require approximately 75% of national funding used for health care.
Steps to being healthier:
Simply put, several challenges can be addressed with a more unified focus on preventing diseases and conditions before they progress. Individual health challenges don’t just affect the person living with a disease or condition rather, poor health can impact household and family stability, community productivity, public spending and the economic development in areas where conditions and diseases are more prominent.
CDC and other leading health agencies stress the fact that prevention is key to improving health and controlling costs both on individual and national levels. For some, this is easier said than done so we must address underlying social determinants of health that create the barriers to progress. These barriers include,
It is our hope that readers visiting our site will use the many tools and resources we offer to take more control and avoid preventable conditions–actively participating as the key member of their health team.