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Health Secretary Promotes Awareness of Diabetes, Urges Healthy Habits
Date:11/1/2007

other chronic conditions on the health care system. As one of his first actions under the Prescription for Pennsylvania, Governor Edward G. Rendell signed an executive order creating the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Management, Reimbursement and Cost Reduction Commission.

"About 78 percent of all health care costs can be traced to 20 percent of all patients -- those with chronic diseases," Governor Rendell said in May when he announced the new commission. "We cannot reduce the occurrence and cost of chronic diseases without aggressively addressing prevention, detection and treatment in a comprehensive, proactive way, and setting that up will be the job of this commission."

The Pennsylvania Diabetes Prevention and Control Program in the Department of Health is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a state appropriation. To learn more about the program or to view the Pennsylvania Diabetes Action Plan, visit the http://www.health.state.pa.us.

For more information on Governor Rendell's Prescription for Pennsylvania, visit http://www.rxforpa.com.

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