National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Emergency Preparedness for People With Chronic Diseases

Emergency Preparedness for People With Chronic Diseases

Six in ten Americans live with at least one chronic disease, like heart disease and stroke, cancer, or diabetes. These and other chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in America, and they are also a leading driver of health care costs.

At CDC, our job is to make it easier for all Americans to make healthy choices so they can enjoy life. We know that most chronic diseases can be prevented by eating wellbeing 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 diseases and promotes health and wellness for all.

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E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among US middle and high school students.

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Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 1 in 10 total deaths among working-age adults.

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Make sure your child with epilepsy is safe and supported during the school day.

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Rates of chronic diseases and risk behaviors are high in US islands and territories.

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Page last reviewed: September 6, 2019