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National Changing Diabetes Program Issues Statement on President Obama's Speech to the American Medical Association

PRINCETON, N.J., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Changing Diabetes Program (NCDP) commends President Obama for highlighting the importance of preventive care and chronic disease management in his speech to the American Medical Association Monday. The President emphasized prevention and team-based care as key ways to improve the nation's health care system, calling on Americans to work together to avoid illness and disease and highlighting programs promoting physical activity and nutrition. NCDP also appreciates President Obama's recognition of the important role of the federal government in helping to manage costly and preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes. The United States currently spends an estimated $218 billion per year on diabetes and pre-diabetes. By calling for new investment in prevention and wellness programs as part of health reform, President Obama has created an opportunity to focus on diabetes and make a significant impact on millions of Americans.

About the National Changing Diabetes(R) Program

The National Changing Diabetes(R) Program (NCDP) is a multi-faceted initiative that brings together innovators in diabetes education, treatment and policy to improve the lives of people with diabetes. NCDP strives to create change in the U.S. health care system to provide dramatic improvement in the prevention and care of diabetes. Launched in 2005, NCDP is a program of Novo Nordisk. For more information, please visit

Statement attributable to:

Dana Haza

Senior Director

National Changing Diabetes Program

SOURCE National Changing Diabetes Program
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