CDC director takes aim at disease rates

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - A top U.S. health official is taking aim at high disease rates during a visit to eastern Kentucky.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is planning stops in four Kentucky communities as part of a three-day visit this week. The prevalence of cancer, heart disease and diabetes are much higher in the state's Appalachian region than the national average.

The region's congressman, Hal Rogers, says Frieden will talk about ways to save lives and improve health living.

Rogers says Frieden will hear about efforts by medical professionals and health coalition leaders in the area to change lives.

Frieden's visit to Kentucky includes stops in Somerset, Hazard, Paintsville and Morehead.

The tour is part of an initiative by Rogers and Gov. Steve Beshear to boost eastern Kentucky.

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