Chronic Disease is the #1 cause of death in Jefferson County!
What you need to know about chronic disease:
- What is chronic disease?
o A chronic disease is a disease that lasts for years.
o You do not get a chronic disease overnight – most chronic diseases take many years to develop.
- What are some examples of chronic disease?
o Heart disease, Type II diabetes, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- What is my risk of chronic disease?
o ANYONE can be at risk for chronic disease, regardless of age, weight, or other factors
o Click here to take a survey that will determine YOUR disease risk
- Preventing chronic disease
The good news is that YOU can take steps to prevent chronic disease:
o “Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems, they are also among the most preventable. Adopting healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods, being physically active, and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or control the devastating effects of these diseases.” (CDC)
- What if I already have a chronic disease?
o Many of the same steps that help prevent chronic disease can also help control your existing chronic disease. Eating nutritious foods, being physically active, and avoiding tobacco use and exposure are all good strategies.
- What next?
o Check out our Nutrition and Physical activity resources
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/ Accessed 12/17/09. Page last modified 11/19/09.