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In response to the Medscape Nurses February 28, 2017 article, ‘Strong Evidence’: Obesity Directly Linked to 11 Cancers NNNO Board Director Audrey Griesel Byrnes BSN, RN, PCCN-C writes, “Obesity is a precursor to many diseases and the overall solution is prevention. Additionally, obesity should be a public health concern, which has become a chronic and costly condition but yet it largely preventable. This is why legislation for a National Nurse for Public Health is so important. Our nation needs to shift towards preventive measures to slow the growing epidemic of preventable conditions that become chronic conditions. If one condition, such as obesity, were to be prevented, there would be a reduction of type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular conditions in addition to cancers like those described in this article. A National Nurse for Public Health positioned alongside the Surgeon General can help lead education to promote health awareness. Please become familiar with this forward thinking legislative topic at http://nationalnurse.org .