Improve Nutrition Education for Healthcare Professionals

There is no doubt that healthcare spending in the United States continues to rise around the nation. Cardiovascular disease cost Americans 555 billion dollars in 2016, and costs from chronic disease treatment account for over 75 percent of total national
health spending. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke are linked to dietary and lifestyle choices. Raising awareness and increasing nutrition and physical activity education can help improve many American’s diets and help reduce
these risks of these chronic diseases.

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Improve Nutrition Education for Healthcare Professionals

There is no doubt that healthcare spending in the United States continues to rise around the nation. Cardiovascular disease cost Americans 555 billion dollars in 2016, and costs from chronic disease treatment account for over 75 percent of total national
health spending. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke are linked to dietary and lifestyle choices. Raising awareness and increasing nutrition and physical activity education can help improve many American’s diets and help reduce
these risks of these chronic diseases.

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Help Eliminate Food Deserts!

Currently over 20 million Americans live in what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) classifies as a food desert—not living within a mile of a grocery store in urban communities or 10 miles of a grocery store in rural areas. The lack of healthy
foods has devastating effects on the health of communities, leading to higher incidents of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Cosponsor H.R. 1168: The WORKER Act.

For being the wealthiest nation on earth, far too many Americans are struggling with the realities of everyday life—paying the bills, caring for a family, putting food on the table, and keeping a roof over their head.
The future of our economy rests in our ability to alleviate this struggle by innovating and creating new, livable-wage jobs where they are needed most.
We need to encourage and expand STEM education and create a pipeline into the workforce through apprenticeships. We need to make it easier for Americans to get the skills necessary to compete in our shifting economy and to provide the income support services
necessary to succeed.

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Improve Nutrition Education for Healthcare Professionals

There is no doubt that healthcare spending in the United States continues to rise around the nation. Cardiovascular disease cost Americans 555 billion dollars in 2016, and costs from chronic disease treatment account for over 75 percent of total national
health spending. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke are linked to dietary and lifestyle choices. Raising awareness and increasing nutrition and physical activity education can help improve many American’s diets and help reduce
these risks of these chronic diseases.

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Join the Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus

Last year, Congress passed the most expansive legislation to date to address the opioid crisis. The bill was an important step in stemming the tide of opioid addiction by improving prevention and public health efforts and enhancing treatment and recovery
programs. As co-chairs of the Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, it is our goal to build on this momentum in the 116th Congress.

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Prioritizing Our Workers Act

According to the PBGC, over 146,000 individual pensioners experienced cuts in pension benefits due in 2016 as a result of employer bankruptcies. These individuals chose to plan for their retirement but found their pension benefits taken away due to unbalanced
and unfair bankruptcy laws.

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Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act

According to the Mayo Clinic, the rate of celiac disease has almost quadrupled over the past 50 years. Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten causes damage to the villi of the small intestine. The only treatment
is the total elimination of gluten-containing products, including wheat, barley, and rye sources. For some, failure to avoid these can lead to life-threatening complications. Currently, this is nearly impossible to determine the presence of gluten in prescription
medicine.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2074: The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2019

According to the Mayo Clinic, the rate of celiac disease has almost quadrupled over the past 50 years. Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten causes damage to the villi of the small intestine. The only treatment
is the total elimination of gluten-containing products, including wheat, barley, and rye sources. For some, failure to avoid these can lead to life-threatening complications. Currently, this is nearly impossible to determine the presence of gluten in prescription
medicine.

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