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New Jersey Leaders Join Forces to Battle Chronic Disease
Date:4/16/2008

ve precious lives and needlessly spent dollars."

Judy Doyle, Executive Director of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign, applauded the Partnership for shining a spotlight on the need for widespread chronic disease awareness and prevention.

"Any serious proposal to reform our health care system must address preventable chronic disease," she explained. "It's critical to our quality of life and our ability to compete economically as a state and a nation. That's why so many of our state's leaders are dedicated to making chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer a central priority for policymakers."

Former Congressman Bob Franks said the collective voices of such a diverse coalition will have a powerful impact on encouraging candidates in both parties to make chronic disease prevention a central plank in their healthcare platforms.

Sarah Yourman, an 18-year-old who suffers from cystic fibrosis, diabetes and Crohn's disease closed the program at both new conferences. Yourman, a compelling speaker and advocate, described her daily life, which involves lengthy lung treatments and multiple medications but also includes school, sports and other typical teenage activities. She credits quality healthcare, disease management and treatment innovations with what she still believes is a "relatively normal teenage life." "I want everyone to live the life I live and have the same opportunity to be a happy, healthy patient living with these diseases," she concluded.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. -- killing more than 1.7 million Americans every year. Chronic diseases are also the primary driver of health care costs, accounting for more than 75 percent of the 2 trillion dollars spent each year on health care in the United States.

During his remarks, Dr. Thorpe provided an overview of the crisis of chronic disease an
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