Jenny Sanford Steps Up Health Care Efforts August 31, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
S.C. FIRST LADY HOOKS UP WITH PARTNERSHIP TO FIGHT CHRONIC DISEASE
FITSNews – August 31, 2007 – S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford, who has made promoting better lifestyle choices a key focus of her Healthy SC initiative, today joined forces with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, one of several prominent grassroots groups working in South Carolina in advance of the 2008 presidential primaries. Both the Partnership and the First Lady’s Healthy SC Challenge are stressing lifestyle education as a key factor in reducing the incidence of chronic disease.
“Seven out of 10 deaths in the United States are due to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and the tragedy is that much of that is preventable,” Mrs. Sanford told a crowd at the new Roper St. Francis heart and vascular facility in Charleston. “I am happy to be part of an organization that is challenging our citizens and our policy makers to reduce or eliminate such a terrible disease burden—not to mention the staggering cost burden—on our families and on our health care system. It is all too clear that our culture needs to change—and we can do so by eating healthy, exercising regularly and not smoking. Evidently, we are not doing enough.”
In case you missed it, we wrote last week about the larger issue of preventative health care, and how the issue is especially critical in South Carolina given our historic status as one of the nation’s unhealthiest states. In the prescient words of Julian from Madagascar, we need to “move it move it.”
UPDATE – On a much more important note, is it us or is Jenny doing something different with her hair? She’d probably crush us like a bug for even thinking it, but we’ve gotta be honest – she looks pretty hot in that picture!