Vice President, Marketing
White Plains, NY – May 1, 2009 – At the kick-off ceremony for White Plains Hospital Center’s community-wide” Wellness Through Prevention Month” at White Plains City Hall, students from Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Drama Club and Hospital employees were attired in fruit and vegetable costumes to underscore the importance of a healthy diet to lower the risk for chronic illness. Holding the Wellness Apple are Jon B. Schandler (left), Hospital President and CEO and White Plains Mayor Joseph Delfino. Also participating were J. Michael Divney (third left in rear), Hospital Vice Chair and Leigh Anne McMahon (to the right of Mayor Delfino), Vice President of Nursing.
Mr. Schandler said that chronic illness is a national healthcare crisis with staggering consequences for individuals, families and the economy. “Today nearly half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases and about 47% of the deaths in the U.S. in 2000 were caused by health behaviors that could be changed such as smoking, poor diet and physical inactivity.” He also noted that nearly 75% of the estimated $2.2 trillion the
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