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Connecticut debuts new online, personalized health assessments.

A NEW ONLINE tool is helping Connecticut residents assess their personal health and find ways to improve and sustain healthy lifestyles.

Unveiled in late July, the Protective Health Assessment tool helps residents--or anybody who goes online--assess their risk factors for chronic disease and recommends strategies to reduce such risks. The assessment tool, which is housed on the Connecticut Department of Public Health Web site, also connects users to relevant online resources.

"This is a free, anonymous and confidential online health assessment that takes 10-15 minutes to fill out," said Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell. "You can generate a personalized summary report about your health habits and receive recommendations for what you can do to reduce or better manage your risk for chronic disease."

The assessment is based on national health guidelines and recommendations, covering screening tests and lifestyle risk factors, such as tobacco use and diet. Chronic diseases are the top cause of death and disability in the United States among women and men, accounting for more than 75 percent of the $2 trillion spent on health care services every year.

For more information on the Protective Health Assessment, which was created via a National Governors' Association grant, visit www.dph-ct.us.
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