Health Department

Chronic Disease Prevention

Chronic diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Chronic diseases account for 70% of all deaths in the U.S., which is 1.7 million each year. These diseases also cause major limitations in daily living for almost 1 out of 10 Americans or about 25 million people

Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. Four modifiable health risk behaviors—lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption—are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases.

Health Promotion staff work on educating the public in ways to live a more healthier lifestyle. Smoking cessation, asthma education, community gardens are a few of the many programs we offer to the community. The best way to reduce chronic diseases are to lead a healthy lifestyle by:

  • Good Nutrition
  • Never using tobacco products
  • Daily physical exercise
  • Keeping your weight in an ideal range
  • Getting enough rest

For more information, please call 325-7185.

Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Reduction

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States.  In Missouri, the annual healthcare cost is $2.13 billion; your tax burden for federal and state taxes is $586 per household per year whether you are a smoker or non-smoker (according to The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids).  Missouri has one of the highest smoking rates, ranked at number 46th with 50th being the worst.

You can attend classes online at,, or call the Missouri Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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Get Physical

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. The CDC recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, 5 times a week to keep in shape. Doing activity that requires moderate effort is safe for most people. But if you have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, or other symptoms be sure to talk with your doctor about the types and amounts of physical activity that are right for you.

Exercise is as easy as a walk in the park. Start making physical activity a part of your daily routine. Remember, it takes 30 days to create a habit so don’t give up. You can only benefit by trying.