Missing the Health Care Connection

Introduction

Lifestyle and behavior are at the root of many of the challenges facing the health care system. Seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50 percent of all deaths each year.1 In 2005, 133 million Americans — almost one out of every two adults — had at least one chronic illness.2 While many of these diseases and conditions can be prevented or controlled with a healthy lifestyle, the Stress in America™ survey finds a population whose behavioral health and stress management needs are not being adequately addressed by our health care system.

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