Chronic Disease Prevention

Contact

509-962-7515
healthpromotion@co.kittitas.wa.us

"Chronic" means "to persist over a long period of time." A chronic disease is one that is long-lasting or recurs. The chronic disease prevention program works to address diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. We work with community partners to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors in order to lower people's risk of chronic disease. Health risks associated with long-term illness include; poor eating and sleeping habits, lack of physical activity, alcohol and drug use, smoking, and stress. Predetermining risk factors include environment, genetics, and aging. These influences contribute to the onset and progression of chronic disease. If not properly managed, chronic disease can worsen with the occurrence of additional illnesses. This can lead to disability, lowered quality of life, and death.

Some ways you can improve your preventative care efforts are; get regular health checkups, complete health screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies, practice good nutrition by eating at least five fruits and vegetables per day, get an hour of physical activity per day, drink plenty of water, and sleep at least 8 hours per night (recommendation for adults).

Chronic Disease in Kittitas County 1

Kittitas County is among the top five healthiest counties in Washington State, ranking in at number 2 in terms of health outcomes.2

  • 40% of adults have not had a medical checkup within the last year.
  • 1 in 5 adults do not get any physical activity.
  • 1 in 6 adults currently smoke cigarettes.
  • 1 in 16 adults are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.
  • 1 in 7 adults engage in binge drinking.
  • A fourth of adults in Kittitas County are obese.
  • A third of adults have high blood pressure.
  • Over a third of adults have high cholesterol.
  • 1 in 11 adults have asthma.
  • 1 in 12 adults have diabetes.
  • 1 in 20 adults have had a heart attack, coronary heart disease, or angina.

Adult Health Risk Conditions

Adult Health Risk Conditions

Adult Chronic Disease Rates

Adult Chronic Disease Rates

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