|Commission on Population and Development - Panel on Adolescents and NCDs|
Today, non communicable diseases (NCDs), specifically diabetes, heart disease/hypertension, chronic respiratory disease and cancer, are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide and account for 75% of all deaths in the region of the Americas. The risk factors for these NCDs are associated with behaviors that are established during adolescence, including 1) harmful use of alcohol, 2) tobacco use, 3) sedentary lifestyle, and 4) an unhealthy diet. Simply put, during adolescence and young adulthood, individuals are making choices that will affect their future lifestyle—as well as their future health status, health care costs, and longevity. These choices are profoundly shaped by the social and physical environment, and the way we live, learn, play and work.
On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 1:15 PM EST during the 45th Session of the Commission on Population and Development United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), PAHO hosted the panel "Laying the Foundation for Healthy and Productive Living: Prevention of Non Communicable Diseases in Adolescents and Youth" at the Turkish Center, 821 First Avenue, New York City.
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Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization