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Chronic Disease Alliance receives European Health Award 2010
Date:10/8/2010

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The goal of the Chronic Disease Alliance is to influence sustainable health policies in the individual countries in order to effect efficient prevention of chronic noncommunicable diseases. "Winning the European Health Award is a great privilege and we are absolutely thrilled that our initiative has convinced the members of the jury of its merits," said Susanne Lgstrup, Director of the European Heart Network, on behalf of the Chronic Disease Alliance. "Chronic diseases are a major cost and profound economic burden to individuals, their families, health systems and societies."

Most of the chronic conditions addressed by the Alliance are treatable, if not always curable. Four major risk factors tobacco, poor diet, alcohol, and a lack of physical activity account for most chronic illness and death in Europe. By providing evidence-based recommendations for population-based policy interventions, the Chronic Disease Alliance aims to achieve health gains across the spectrum of diseases covered by the members.

"The members of the Chronic Disease Alliance have taken up the challenge to place chronic noncommunicable diseases firmly on the agenda of the European Union as well as its 27 individual member states. We must communicate effectively to our political leaders across Europe that unless they take seriously the urgent need to prevent these major diseases, they will face billions in lost national incomes," Sophie O'Kelly, Head of European Affairs for the European Society of Cardiology warned.

To that effect, the Alliance recently published a policy paper, entitled "A Unified Prevention Approach," that identifies central causes of chronic diseases. The paper summarises the current scientific findings of leading professional organizations in respect to noncommunicable diseases. Beyond that, the Alliance also furnishes action proposals on how to proceed in combating the spread of the diseases.

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Contact: Celine Colas
press@escardio.org
33-492-948-627
European Society of Cardiology
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