Chronic diseases -- such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes -- are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. In Whatcom County, the rates of chronic disease are on the rise, while many of the healthy behaviors that prevent them are declining
Adopting healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods, being physically active and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or control the devastating effects of chronic diseases. Our Chronic Disease Prevention program focuses on supporting these three healthy habits to increase community well-being through environmental changes, healthy policies and community partnerships.
In March 2009, Whatcom County was selected as one of forty-three communities in the nation to participate in the national Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental ChangE (ACHIEVE) Initiative.The ACHIEVE Initiative aims to create healthy communities by promoting local leadership and action to reduce chronic diseases through implementation of policy, systems and environmental change strategies.
As an ACHIEVE community, Whatcom County received the necessary tools, models, activities and strategies for creating a comprehensive community action plan together with a cross-section of community partners. Completed in September 2011, the Community Action Plan for Healthy & Active Living in Whatcom County outlines priority areas and strategies to address the leading risk factors for chronic disease. Implementing this plan will bring us closer to realizing the vision of healthy communities that support healthy choices.
Visit Tobacco Prevention or Physical Activity, Nutrition & Obesity pages for additional information on topic specific projects.
ONLINE PREVENTION RESOURCES
ACHIEVE Healthy Communities
Center's for Disease Control & Prevention
WA DOH - Community Wellness & Prevention
Guide to Community Preventive Services
The Prevention Institute
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Community Health Specialist
Whatcom County Health Dept
360-676-6724 ext. #32027
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