Chronic Disease Prevention Welcome
Chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke, cancer, CLRD (Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases), and diabetes, are the leading causes of death in Erie County. Tobacco use, physical inactivity, and poor diet and resultant conditions (obesity, high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, etc.) are recognized as primary risk factors for these leading causes of death and disability. Because so many chronic diseases and conditions are directly linked to poor diet and physical inactivity, the Erie County Department of Health works not only to teach people how to “eat smart and move more,” but to create environments that support and promote healthy eating and physical fitness.
Since older adults, those at those at the lowest end of the income scale, and racial/ethnic minorities experience the highest rates of chronic disease and death, special efforts and programs are being implemented to help close the gap on these disparities. This includes provision of health assessment services, nutrition counseling, and physical activity programs at senior centers and community locations serving inner-city and rural poor; implementation of Body & Soul in African-American churches; creation of community gardens in low-income neighborhoods and at African-American churches; and implementation of programs at inner city schools and neighborhood centers.
The Erie County Department of Health works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Erie Center on Health and Aging, and numerous other local community organizations to conduct programs and provide services in the following areas:
Nutrition Education/Access to Healthy Foods
Physical Activity/Active Environments
Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation
This information is distributed by Erie County Department of Health, 606 W. 2nd Street, Erie, PA 16507, 814-451-6700,www.ecdh.org