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What is Chronic Disease?

A chronic disease is disease that persists over a long period of time.  Chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. About half of all adults in the United States have one or more chronic health condition and seven out of ten deaths each year are caused by a chronic disease.

Chronic Disease Prevention

Health risk factors such as lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and drinking too much alcohol largely contribute to chronic diseases and conditions. By engaging in healthy behaviors you can greatly reduce your risk of  illness and death due to chronic diseases.

Interested in Preventing Diabetes?

The Health Department’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) can help you lose weight, become more physically active and reduce stress.  The program is CDC-approved and has been proven effective in preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.  For more information, please contact the Division of Health Promotion at 410-996-5168.

Do you have diabetes or another chronic condition? Do you suffer with chronic pain?

The Living Well Self-Management Programs give you important information about your health and teach you the skills to better manage it.

For more information, please contact the Division of Health Promotion at  410-996-5168 or Cecil County Department of Community Services at 410-996-8437.