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American Dietetic Association Announces Agenda for Health Reform
Date:2/2/2009

CHICAGO, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Dietetic Association will pursue a broad agenda in U.S. health care reform in 2009 and recommend to Congress that a primary goal of new legislation should be to improve the health of Americans.

"The health of our citizens should improve as a result of our health policy choices," said registered dietitian and ADA President Martin M. Yadrick. "Nutrition needs to rise as a national priority, as it ties directly to the causes and care for some of our most debilitating and expensive conditions.

"To achieve that goal will require us to refocus the current system and provide adequate resources so we can maintain health and wellness. It also calls for a shift toward more disease prevention, early detection, delay of disease progression and chronic disease management in a continuum of strategies," Yadrick said.

ADA and its members are engaging in health policy work, both in Washington, D.C., and in state capitals where lawmakers are considering major reforms and new roadmaps for better health.

ADA's health care reform recommendations will include options to redirect a sizable portion of the $2 trillion Americans current spend each year on health care, to preventive and interventional health promotion and care.

Nutrition and diet are associated with seven of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, including heart disease, cancer and stroke. Diet and nutrition also are factors in other chronic conditions such as pulmonary disease, diabetes, liver disease, arteriosclerosis and kidney disease. However, many of these and other diseases are manageable if caught early, and even preventable.

"ADA's work also will focus on the role of the registered dietitian in a reformed system that helps all Americans stay healthy for as long as possible, and receive the best quality of care available. We see these
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