Chronic Disease

“WeTHRIVE! is truly a grassroots effort that is making our community healthier. When we build playgrounds for our children and support corner stores that sell healthy food, we are all thriving, not just surviving. This makes Lincoln Heights a healthy community in which to live, work, learn, and play.”

LaVerne Mitchell, council member

Burden of Chronic Disease
Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes – are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems. Leading a healthy lifestyle (avoiding tobacco use, being physically active, and eating well) greatly reduces a person’s risk for developing chronic disease. Access to high-quality and affordable prevention measures are essential steps in saving lives, reducing disability and lowering costs for medical care (CDC, 2008).

Chronic Disease Pathway Goal
To make the healthy choice the easy choice through implementation of policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to support improved nutrition, increased activity, decreased exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and decreased burden of chronic disease.

Stories from the Chronic Disease Pathway