Approximately 80 percent of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the nation’s number one killer, is preventable through adopting healthy habits such as eating right, controlling cholesterol, getting physical activity, and not smoking. Congress can help stem the effects of CVD and make the U.S. a healthier place to live by ensuring that each state has resources to implement tailored programs to help prevent and control this costly, disabling, and deadly disease.
The American Heart Association advocates for federal funding that helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sustain efforts to reduce and prevent the prevalence of CVD.
Our federal advocacy priorities are:
- The Prevention and Public Health Fund, the nation’s first dedicated funding stream for improving public health. It includes initiatives such as Community Transformation Grants, which awards grants to design and implement community-level programs that prevent chronic diseases, and Million Hearts, a national initiative aimed at preventing one million heart attacks and strokes in five years.
- The CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, which supports initiatives to reduce morbidity and costs associated with cardiovascular disease.
- CDC’s WISEWOMAN program, which screens low-income, uninsured women ages 40-64 for heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular disease risk.