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Health promotion and Wellness Programs

"We are in the midst of a chronic disease epidemic of unparalleled proportions. This epidemic is fueled both by the aging of the U.S. population and by the poor lifestyle choices that Americans continue to make". (http://www.healthierus.gov/steps/summit/prevportfolio/power/index.html)

1. How do health promotion and wellness programs assist in decreasing chronic illness? Be specific. Please include a source.

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1. How do health promotion and wellness programs assist in decreasing chronic illness? Be specific.

Exercise programs promote health of the overall body. For example, an Aerobic Exercise wellness program initiative includes kinds of exercises that generally involve large muscle groups and foster a strong and healthy heart and lung function.

Diabetes Mellitus "is a disease that occurs when the body is not able to use blood glucose (sugar). Blood sugar levels are controlled by insulin, a hormone in the body that helps move glucose (sugar) from the blood to muscles and other tissues. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body does not respond to the insulin that is made" (http://www.wellnessproposals.com/wellness_proposals_wellness_glossary.htm). Although there are many reported causes including some genetic susceptibility, obesity and diet play an essential role in developing diabetes, as well as drinking high volumes of alcohol; therefore, diet, stopping drinking alcohol, and exercise can be preventive measures to prevent diabetes onset. Therefore nutritional and exercise wellness programs act to prevent diabetes i.e., keeping normal body weight, or losing weight to be within the normal range for that person, decrease fat ...

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Discusses how health promotion and wellness programs assist in decreasing chronic illness. References are provided.

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