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.

Diabetes Prevention Program

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. DPP is currently offered virtually, as a year long program, meeting weekly to begin, and monthly by the end. For more information, please contact the Division of Health Promotion at (410) 996-5168.

Chronic Disease Self- Management Programs

The Living Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs give you important information about your health and teach you skills to better manage your conditions. These programs are evidence based and are currently offered virtually, for five weeks, including an initial tech support meeting, at no cost to the participant.

Living Well Self Management Programs:

  • Chronic Disease Self Management
  • Chronic Pain Self Management
  • Diabetes Self Management
  • Cancer Thriving and Surviving

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.