According to the World Health Organization, lifestyle-related chronic diseases in developing countries, particularly cardiovascular disease, have placed a heavy burden on their health care systems (WHO 2012). In 2011 in the United States, 87% of all deaths were due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
16% of the US population smokes, and 43% is physically inactive (WHO 2011). Multiple studies examining the contributing causes of NCDs have concluded that these conditions are largely preventable through the adoption of healthy diets, increased physical activity, and avoidance of tobacco and alcohol.
Building on the Adventist Health Study’s long history of research into lifestyle and plant-based diets, the Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle and Disease Prevention will seek to contribute to the prevention of disease and the improvement of public health through the study and promotion of key components of a healthy lifestyle.
It will provide leadership for innovative, interdisciplinary translational research collaborations. Such collaborations will seek to reduce the burden of suffering and untimely deaths from chronic diseases resulting from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and tobacco and alcohol use.