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Chronic Disease Prevention Resources

SB 380 (Wright, Chapter 236, Statutes of 2011) required the Medical Board of California (Board) to convene a working group of interested parties to discuss nutrition and lifestyle behavior for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. The working group meeting was held July 2013. This bill also required the Board to periodically disseminate information and educational material regarding the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

The purpose of this webpage is to provide a clearinghouse of information and resources for physicians and consumers regarding chronic disease prevention through nutrition and lifestyle behavior changes.

The Skinny on Obesity

Understanding the Obesity Epidemic

How did the entire world get this fat this fast? A user-friendly look at the science behind widespread weight increases experienced over the past 30 years. Learn where this problem is headed and how to make meaningful changes.

A boy vaping

Is Vaping Healthier than Smoking?

Find out why or why not. The jury is still out about whether e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, and/or whether they act as a gateway to smoking tobacco, especially for teens. Concerns have been raised about chemicals used to flavor e-cigarettes and serious injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes.

Various Sugary Drinks

Pouring Out Some Problems

See why water is a healthier beverage choice than sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas and sugar-added juice drinks. Nearly half the added sugar (as opposed to naturally-occurring sugars in fruits and milk) in U.S. diets comes from sugary drinks.

Do I have Prediabetes? A One-Minute Test

More than one in three American adults has prediabetes, which can lead to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart attack. Evaluate your risk with this simple test. If you get a high score, ask your doctor for a blood test to check your blood sugar levels. Prediabetes can often be reversed.

Additional Resources

Healthy Living Archived Presentation Materials

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