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Chronic disease public health practitioners must make measurable contributions to the prevention and control of chronic disease – and by doing so, improve quality of life, increase life expectancy, improve the health of future generations, increase productivity and help control health care spending. It is increasingly recognized that individual health depends on societal health and healthy communities. In addition to having strong medical care systems, healthy communities promote and protect health across the lifespan, across a variety of sectors, and through a range of policies, systems and environmental supports that put health in the people’s hands and give Americans even greater opportunity to take charge of their health. Transforming the nation’s health and providing Americans with equitable opportunities to take charge of their health requires work within four key domains.