(BPT) - It’s National Health Center Week - a time to reflect on the commitment of health centers across the country to provide access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective services, including those that help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The services they offer are critically important for more than half of all Americans who suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Every year chronic diseases continue to be the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. A survey recently released could explain why.
The “CVS Caremark Chronic Disease Awareness Survey” reveals the public’s misconception and understanding of chronic diseases, with the majority of respondents admitting that they are not doing as much as they could to stay healthy.
For instance, nearly 40 percent of people think that what they eat has little to do with whether they get a chronic disease. And nearly 65 percent of people are aware they should exercise regularly, but do not. The increased consumption of unhealthy foods, compounded by the effects of physical inactivity, increases the risk of many severe and chronic health conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and liver and gallbladder disease.
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