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America’s employers rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a wide range of programs and guidance to protect and improve employee health. As one example, CDC is partnering with businesses, health insurance plans and doctors to help improve health and control healthcare costs for conditions including tobacco use, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and healthcare-associated infections.

Did you know:

  • Cigarette smoking is the single-largest cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year.
  • High blood pressure is one of the 10 most expensive health conditions for U.S. employers. About 75 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease and stroke.
  • Nearly 1 in 11 people in the United States have diabetes; medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high as for people without diabetes
  • In 2008, asthma caused 14.2 million missed days of work.
  • Healthcare-associated infections in U.S. hospitals lead to an estimated $30 billion in annual direct and indirect costs.

In this issue of Business Pulse, explore how CDC can help you implement proven interventions to address common and costly health conditions, and learn how you can join with CDC to improve workers’ health while boosting business productivity.