New Hampshire Declares Childhood Chronic Health Conditions Awareness Week

CONCORD, N.H. — Governor John Lynch has declared November 11-17 as Childhood Chronic Health Conditions Awareness Week in New Hampshire. The Governor asks New Hampshire citizens to celebrate the week by promoting healthy lifestyles changes and encourages people to become educated on chronic disease prevention, awareness, and management.
Governor Lynch’s s proclamation is a combined effort along with the Council for Children & Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions to raise awareness for everyone in New Hampshire with a chronic health condition. Chronic disease affects the lives of nearly half a million New Hampshire residents. Two out of every five citizens live with a chronic disease and one in six children contend with a chronic health condition. These children and their families face numerous challenges, including education issues, medical concerns, and family support needs as a result of their health conditions.
The Governor and the CCACHC urge the citizens of New Hampshire to improve the quality of health care for those with chronic disease and to promote chronic disease prevention awareness by making healthy lifestyle changes in their own communities, places of employment, schools, and homes.  A kick-off event will occur on Tuesday, November 13 at 11 a.m. at the Upham Walker House (at the State House campus) when six state-wide awards will be presented to an adult “Champion for Children” and  youth “Champion Children.” Big league baseball start and NH native Sam Fuld, who has had Type 1 diabetes since childhood, is the week’s honorary chairman.