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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: June 10, 2013


WHO: Million Hearts Delaware Chair Edward M. Goldenberg, MD, Director of Preventive Cardiology, Christiana Care Health System, Karyl T. Rattay, MD, director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, and members of Million Hearts Delaware.
WHAT: The event will announce the formation of Million Hearts Delaware. Million Hearts Delaware is a public-private effort to advance the goal of the national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts Delaware aligns the efforts of hospitals, government, major employers, and health care providers to combat cardiovascular disease with two specific aims: public awareness and clinical prevention. Through its public awareness initiative Million Hearts Delaware is working hard to improve blood pressure control and waist circumference, key measures to reducing heart attacks and strokes.

Among Delaware adults, obesity prevalence has doubled in the past two decades, from 14.4% in 1990 to 28.7% in 2010. Currently, 64 percent of Delawarean adults are classified as overweight or obese. Obesity is a behavioral risk factor like using tobacco, being physically inactive, or eating unhealthy, and it can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and several types of cancer.

The economic cost of obesity in Delaware is estimated to be $207 million annually. Data shows that for every dollar spent to prevent chronic disease, we save $5.60 in health care costs.

WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Walgreens Pharmacy
1101 Forrest Ave. (corner of Rt. 8 and Rt. 15)
Dover, DE
SPEAKERS: Confirmed speakers are:
  • Craig Clarke, Walgreens District Manager
  • Delaware Division of Public Health Director Karyl T. Rattay, MD, MS
  • Edward M. Goldenberg, MD, Christiana Care and Chair, Million Hearts Delaware
  • Marianne Carter, MS, RD, Delaware State University and Chair, Public Awareness Subcommittee for Million Hearts Delaware
  • Heart attack survivor
VISUALS: Waist measurement and blood pressure check

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.