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Delaware Residents Participate in Launch of National Video Campaign: 'Say 'Yes' to Health Reform'
Date:10/1/2009

Effort Illustrates Broad Public Support for Addressing Crisis of Chronic Disease

WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citizens of Delaware are voicing their support for health reform that prioritizes prevention and wellness with the launch today of "Say 'Yes' to Health Reform" (www.sayyestohealthreform.com) - an online video campaign of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) directed at Congressional leaders in Washington.

The campaign Web site features video testimonials of residents of Delaware and 16 other states across the nation who talk about why they "say 'yes'" to comprehensive health reform that tackles issues of affordability, access and quality brought on by our nation's high rates of poorly prevented and mismanaged chronic disease - and why they "say 'no'" to the status quo.

"I say yes to health reform that includes an investment in proven prevention strategies that can empower, not just individuals, but communities to move toward healthier lifestyles," said Marianne Carter, Director, Delaware Center for Health Promotion at the University of Delaware, and a local leader in the PFCD, the group organizing the effort. "That's what's going to help to reduce the risk for chronic illness which costs us way too much money," said Carter.

The PFCD, which has chapters in 17 states across the country including Delaware, has been active in the health reform debate throughout this year and during the presidential election, to inform national and local leaders about the crisis of chronic illness and how it is impacting Americans' health and the affordability of health care.

Across the nation, 130 million Americans suffer from chronic disease - and 75 cents of every dollar spent on health care goes to treat patients with one or more chronic conditions. In Delaware, nearly 480,000 reside
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