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How many times has someone told you “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”?

I was recently at a presentation where the panelist remarked that “3 health behaviors are responsible for 4 chronic illnesses which together account for 50% of all health care expenditures”. Poor diets, lack of exercise and smoking were the three health behaviors contributing to heart disease, diabetes, COPD and cancers.

Heart disease accounts for 25% of all deaths in the United States. Unfortunately in New York State that number is much higher with nearly 40% of all deaths related to cardiovascular diseases. The age-adjusted heart attack hospitalization rate for residents of the City of Buffalo is higher (17.3%) than those residing in both Erie County (16.4) and across New York State (14.8).

Promoting healthy lifestyle changes (TLC) can help to address these frightening statistics. Walking 30 minutes per day reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 27%! There is no question that the weather in Buffalo does not lend itself to walking outdoors for several months each year, but can our workplace serve as a safe and convenient place for walking?

Visit the 5 th floor of ALT in May and see how the School of Nursing is “stepping” up to the challenge! Prevention really is the best policy.

Submitted by Professor Denise Dunford, DNS, FNP-BC, APRN