Welcome to HEALTHIER TOGETHERs Strategic Focus Area page for Chronic Disease Prevention.
Chronic disease prevention is critical given that 7 out of 10 deaths nationwide can be attributed to chronic disease, which is largely driven by health behaviors. St. Clair County ranks 100 out of 102 for health behaviors in the County Health Rankings, which is why this page is dedicated to those alliances, coalitions, work groups and task forces in metro east Illinois who are working to reduce chronic diseases through some of the following practices:
- Cultivating changes that make healthy eating and active living available for all;
- Conducting screening, testing and referral services for the prevention or treatment of chronic diseases among residents of the metro-east Illinois area; and,
- Convening support groups for clients and their families who are living with or have survived a chronic disease.