Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are major contributors to preventable chronic diseases, which negatively impact the quality of life among individuals and increase healthcare costs. In addition helping maintain a healthy weight, regular physical activity and healthy eating reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The Chronic Disease Prevention Program follows a cost-effective model to prevent chronic diseases that are associated with poor diet and lack of exercise. Program staff work in collaboration with schools and community groups to increase nutrition and physical activity opportunities and support healthy community policies.
- Program staff serve as community coaches for this nationally funded initiative, that aims to WA Department of Health's Nutrition & Physical Activity Guidelines
- Program is aligned with the state's guidelines of best-practice strategies for policy and environmental changes around chronic disease prevention.
Safe Routes to School
- Program staff support this comprehensive program that focuses on creating a community where it is safe for children to walk/bike to school.
- Program staff assist with planning and implementing this popular community-based program, that connect the community to healthy resoures and recreational opportunities in Whatcom County.
Washington State Action for Healthy Kids
Nicole Willis, MPH, CHES
Chronic Diseae Prevention Coordinator
Whatcom County Health Department
360-676-6724 ext. 50844
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