Issue Brief Examines the Link Between Food Insecurity, Nutrition and Chronic Disease

CLEVELAND, Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Health Affairs' November 2016 Issue Brief Getting to Healthy: Food Insecurity, Nutrition and the Battle Against Chronic Disease, examines the issue of access to nutritious food with a particular focus on food insecurity, its known health impacts, laws that encourage the prevention of food insecurity, as well as promising practices.

Despite the hope that has come with decades of medical advancement in our nation, the United States continues to be burdened by the intractable problem of chronic disease. In the most recent data available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly half of all Americans had one or more chronic diseases and one-third of all people were obese. Those with one or more chronic condition account for 86 percent of all healthcare spending and obesity alone accounts for $147 billion in medical spending.

And while the data may be discouraging, the good news is that for many people, the onset of chronic diseases can be prevented. Yet to prevent chronic diseases people need to have access to environments that promote access to healthy foods as well as opportunities for safe and accessible exercise. In reality, far too many people live, work and play in environments that are not supportive of a healthy lifestyle.

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