Chronic disease accounts for the largest number of deaths in the county and the most health care spending. Ailments such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes, and asthma are considered chronic illnesses because they are not quickly cured and have long term health effects. Prevention of chronic disease is a core mission of public health education.
Lifestyle behaviors that impact chronic disease include the prevention of obesity, the cessation of tobacco use, timely vaccinations, good nutrition, increased exercise and the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. It is reported that obesity, lack of physical activity and tobacco use alone account for one-third of U.S. deaths.
If you have questions about Chronic Disease Prevention, please call Nursing Services at 303-670-7546 or the Health Educator at 303-670-7539.