CHRONIC DISEASE DAY | July 10
On 7/10 we spread awareness on Chronic Disease Day to educate and advocate for people who live with a chronic health conditions every day.
A chronic disease is a condition that lasts longer than one year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Seven out of 10 people suffer from a form of chronic disease.
What are a few common chronic diseases?
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Heart Disease
Many, but not all, chronic diseases can be prevented simply by practicing self-care. Improving and practicing a healthy lifestyle can likely reduce getting a chronic disease.
What can I do to prevent getting a chronic disease?
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating the proper amount of fruits, veggies, grains, dairy and protein plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy weight. Limiting sugar and starch intake prevents obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
- Exercise. Increasing physical activity not only promotes physical health, it also helps balance mental health.
- Routine medical check-ups. Visiting your doctor regularly is important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Early detection to address medical problems and finding a plan of action.
- Know your family medical history. Having a complete medical history of your family will help your doctor determine possible health problems you may develop. It also gives a good reminder for you to pay special attention to medical problems that are hereditary.
- Rest. Getting adequate rest is a factor in how your body reacts to “life.” Stress, depression and anxiety cause serious health problems, too.
Cost of Chronic Disease
Economically, chronic diseases have a significant impact financially in the United States. We all absorb the financial burden of chronic disease directly or indirectly. Health insurance and medical programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, are supported by tax dollars. Private health insurance costs for enrollees consumes more dollars in one family than any other health condition. Because people with chronic disease illnesses live long lives, the cost to treat these illnesses becomes extremely expensive over the years.
Why does chronic disease cost so much?
- Patients require long-term treatment plans.
- People who suffer from chronic disease wait until “it’s too late” to seek proper care.
- Personal health insurance lack policy guidelines to cover some chronic disease.
- Lack of education to prevent chronic disease is available.
- Preventative measures are not addressed by health care providers, leading to patients unable to address pre-existing based on medical history.
- Support Chronic Disease Day by taking the pledge to live your best, healthiest life.
- Volunteer to help someone who suffers from chronic disease.
- Schedule a complete physical to address any health issues that might lead to long-term chronic disease.
- Become an advocate of chronic disease
- Host a fundraiser for a local agency and raise money to alleviate costs for patients.
- Educate yourself on the different types of chronic diseases that affect people.
- Share #ChronicDiseaseDay on social media to spread awareness.
HISTORY OF CHRONIC DISEASE DAY
Today’s observance is an awareness campaign promoted by the organization 7.10 Chronic Disease Day Using people’s stories and voices, the organization advocates to build healthier lifestyles in communities by lowering preventable illness. In addition, they assist in the advancement for unpreventable chronic disease conditions.
National Day Calendar added Chronic Disease Day to the calendar on July 1, 2022. A Superfan reached out to us letting us know the existence of the day. After doing research, we decided it would be a good addition to our calendar. Thank you T. Marshall at Good Days for helping National Day Calendar #CelebrateEveryDay.