Frelinghuysen is Speaker at Women's Health Summit--Focus is Chronic Illness6/7/11
Morristown, NJ – Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) will be the invited guest speaker at the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey’s “Women’s Health Summit” on Monday, June 13 at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Sponsored by the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, the Summit will focus on the latest research available to prevent illnesses that largely strike women, with a specific emphasis on chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, etc. The summit will provide an opportunity for women to interact with physicians and survivors and educate themselves about lifestyle changes that promote wellness and prevent disease.
Dr. Judith Fradkin, Director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, will discuss health promotion, focusing on the prevention of diabetes and obesity. Attendees will also hear from physicians from Morristown Medical Center, Somerset Medical Center, Chilton Hospital, St. Clare’s Health System and St. Barnabas Medical Center about important steps that families can take to prevent chronic diseases and the best options for treatment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States:
- 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year;
- Almost 1 out of every 2 adults have at least one chronic illness;
- Obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese;
- 25% of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations;
- Arthritis is the most common cause of disability, with nearly 19 million Americans reporting activity limitations;
- Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness among adults aged 20-74;
The Women’s Health Summit will also feature free health screenings. Participants will have access to tests for blood pressure, body mass index, blood glucose, cholesterol, glaucoma, bone density and additional bio-mechanical assessments.