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The definition for a chronic illness is one lasting 3 months or more. Seventy-five percent (75%) of our health care spending is on people with chronic conditions.
Chronic disease is the public health challenge of the 21st century. “Reforming California’s health care system will require a paradigm shift from ‘crisis centered care’ to ‘prevention centered care.”
Liz Helm, President & CEO, – CA Chronic Care Coalition
Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems, they are also among the most preventable. Chronic disease prevention encourages healthy living which can limit the initial onset of chronic disease. Early detection efforts, including screenings and coordination the management of existing chronic conditions or diseases can reduce multiple conditions and related complications.
Where do I begin?
The Advocate in YOU!
Build your care team: This can include your doctor, specialist, pharmacist, nutritionist, physical therapist, caregiver, or other provider. As a patient, you should feel empowered to take charge of your health and ask questions. You should work together with your care team to become an active participant in your care.
Questions for your health plan:
Get Screened – Ask your doctor about any preventive screenings that may be right for you.
Make your pharmacist a part of your healthcare team. Your pharmacist is a medication expert, with years of advanced training about how medications can work to improve your health. Ask your pharmacist about:
Get moving and make sensible food choices. California is experiencing an obesity epidemic for which there is no single cause or simple cure. Maintaining a healthy weight is all about balancing the number of calories you take in with the number you burn off through exercise.
The California Chronic Care Coalition is leading the way to secure a healthy California. Join us – it all begins with YOU.
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