About the Center
What We Do
We know that most chronic diseases can be prevented by eating well, being physically active, avoiding tobacco and excessive drinking, and getting regular health screenings. CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) helps people and communities prevent chronic disease and promotes health and wellness for all.
With an FY 2018 operating budget of $1.2 billion, NCCDPHP works to reduce the risk factors for chronic diseases, especially for groups affected by health disparities—differences in health across different geographic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
To meet this goal, NCCDPHP:
Why We Do It
Chronic diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes—are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They are also leading drivers of the nation’s $2.7 trillion in annual health care costs.
Most chronic diseases are caused by key risk behaviors:
How We Do It
Just as many of the same risk factors can cause or worsen most chronic diseases, many of the same approaches can prevent them or reduce their severity. NCCDPHP promotes chronic disease prevention efforts in four key areas:
- Page last reviewed: August 15, 2018
- Page last updated: August 15, 2018
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