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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 7, 2016 12:13 PM
From: Representative Joanna E. McClinton
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution recognizing April 7, 2016 as “World Health Day” in Pennsylvania.
In the next few days, I plan to introduce a Resolution recognizing April 7, 2016 as “World Health Day” in Pennsylvania.

As you may know, World Health Day annually elaborates on the global health priorities of the World Health Organization and the United Nations. The date of April 7 is the date of the World Health Organization’s founding in 1948 and is set aside for global observance of World Health Day. The message for the 2016 World Health Day relates to the global prevalence of diabetes and obesity throughout low-income and middle-income countries. Obesity is second only to smoking among the top preventable causes of death in our nation. Acting in concert with medical comorbidities including heart disease and diabetes, obesity is set to become the number one preventable cause of death in our nation. Nearly two out of three American’s are overweight or obese. These figures amount to a 50% increase from just over a decade ago. As a result, of these staggering numbers, the World Health Organization has established a global target to halt the rise in diabetes and obesity by the year 2025.

Here, at home, this Resolution encourages the Commonwealth to join in the coordinated approaches by government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private entities and individuals all of which are required to help reduce premature mortality by our citizens from illnesses caused by diabetes and obesity.

With that said, it is for these reasons in mind and more that I am offering this Resolution. If you have any questions, please contact my Research Analyst -- Takesha Latham at 717-787-3480 or via email at tlatham@pahouse.net

Introduced as HR806