Chronic Disease Prevention
Everyone knows that prevention is better than cure, but not everyone practices it. The Health Department encourages county residents to take charge of their health by practicing prevention. To do this, the Health Department strives to make you aware of available clinical services. When residents receive these services at the recommended frequency, the chances of preventing chronic diseases and conditions are improved. For example, immunizations are very important for the prevention of acute and chronic illnesses. You can practice preventive health by getting screened for disease risk factors and changing things you do that puts your health at risk. Lifestyle practices that put your health at risk include: smoking, alcoholic drinks, drinking sugary drinks such as sodas, eating processed foods, and lack of periodic exercise. If you drink the recommended amount of water daily, exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, and get at-least 8 hours of sleep nightly, you can reduce your risk of strokes, paralysis, heart attacks, and possibly, pre-mature death. Remember that prevention is better, cheaper, easier, and smarter than cure.
For more information on services available throughout the County, please call 311.