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Santa Clara County Public Health Department to Host Forum On Preventing Chronic Disease

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The Santa Clara County Public Health Department will hold the Building Healthy, Safe, Livable Communities forum to discuss city and county ordinances and state legislation to support the prevention of chronic disease. Local policy makers, community leaders, advocates, and prevention and wellness experts have been invited to the May 24th event.
Santa Clara County Public Health Department will also introduce the Tobacco Prevention Grant, which provides additional funding for tobacco control activities, including limiting the availability of tobacco and discouraging the use of tobacco. This grant is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) project.

Supervisor Ken Yeager
, President, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Councilmember Chuck Page, City of Saratoga
Beth Hines, Senior Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Stefan Harvey, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Heather Wooten, Planning for Healthy Places
Ian McLaughlin, Public Health Law & Policy Center
Bonnie Broderick, Director of the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention, Santa Clara County Public Health Department
Public Health Department
Ann McDowell, Office of Assembly member Bill Monning, District 27

Monday, May 24, 2010
Registration & Breakfast 7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. - Program 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Dolce Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95136

Recently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded grants of more than $372 million to 44 communities nationwide to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking, increase physical activity and improve nutrition. The Santa Clara Public Health Department has been awarded 1 of the 44 grants. These grants are part of the HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which focuses activities on policy, system and environmental changes.

Policies to be discussed include local and state sugar-sweetened beverage policies, retail tobacco ordinances and the new Santa Clara County Childhood Obesity Ordinance restricting toy giveaways to healthy restaurant children’s meals. The forum will also feature best practices in preventing chronic diseases, as well as local success stories that encouraged changes in cities, neighborhoods and workplaces in Santa Clara County.

Beth Hines, Senior Public Health Advisor, Division of Adult and Community Health, CPPW, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be the key note speaker. Ms. Hines will address the value of prevention in chronic disease and the strategies that the CDC is using to make significant population based changes that impact entire communities. She will also provide information on federal level funding in this area.

This forum has been made possible because of the unprecedented level of national commitment to prevention. This investment, with partnerships of local governments, private businesses, community organizations, school districts and community leaders, make it possible to build healthier comities. By working together, an environment that will help prevent heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and other serious health problems can be created.

Why It’s Important:

Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the United States. Chronic Diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

  • 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year, and in Santa Clara County, cancer and heart disease, are the leading cause of death, accounting for half of all deaths in our County.
  • In 2005, 133 million Americans – almost 1 out of every 2 adults – had at least one chronic illness. In Santa Clara County – 2 in 5 adults have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
  • Obesity has become a major health concern and is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Obese adults are 9 times more likely to have diabetes and twice as likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, heart attack, or coronary heart disease as compared to adults who have normal weight.
  • More than half of adults in Santa Clara County are overweight or obese. One in four youth in Santa Clara County are either overweight or obese, and one in three low income children in Santa Clara County between ages two and five are overweight or obese.
  • Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness of boys and 39% of girls born in 2000 will be diagnosed with diabetes, which can result in health problems and on average, a loss of 11 to 14 years of life.
  • In Santa Clara County, 10.5% of youth and 10.7% of adults are smokers. And nationwide each year, 420,000 people die from a tobacco related disease, while tobacco smoking costs more than $190 billion in lost productivity and health care costs.

Media Contact: Joy Alexiou, Santa Clara County Public Health Department (408) 885.4164 
Posted: May 21, 2010