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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion helps people and communities prevent chronic disease and promotes health and wellness for all.

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:

  • Finds out how chronic diseases affect populations in the United States.
  • Studies interventions to find out what works best to prevent and control chronic diseases.
  • Funds and guides states, territories, cities, and tribes to use interventions that work.
  • Shares information to help Americans understand risk factors for chronic diseases and how to reduce them.

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:

These behaviors can lead to conditions such as high blood pressure or obesity, which raise the risk of the most common and serious chronic diseases.

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:

  1. Measuring how many Americans have chronic diseases or chronic disease risk factors.
  2. Improving environments to make it easier for people to make healthy choices.
  3. Strengthening health care systems to deliver prevention services that keep people well and diagnose diseases early.
  4. Connecting clinical services to community programs that help people prevent and manage their chronic diseases and conditions.

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