Chronic Disease

What is it?

In general terms, chronic diseases are defined as illnesses that last a long time, do not go away on their own, are rarely cured, and often result in disability later in life (Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 2010). Examples include: diabetes, arthritis, asthma, cancer, and heart disease.

Why are we concerned?

  • Four of the top five leading causes of death in Barron County in 2009 were chronic disease related (Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Office of Health Informatics, 2011).
  • “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” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012) .
  • Barron County has high levels of obesity, lack of physical exercise, tobacco use and excessive drinking.
  • In 2009, 34% of Barron County residents 20 years and older were estimated to have pre-diabetes and 9% of adults were estimated to have type II diabetes (Wisconsin Department of Health Services, September 2011).
  • In 2009, the direct and indirect costs of diabetes in Barron County adults were estimated at $52.4 million (Wisconsin Department of Health Services, September 2011).

What is our overall goal?

By 2018, maintain or decrease the number of Barron County residents who have pre diabetes and type II diabetes.

Prediabetes Screening Test_Natl DPP

Diabetes in Wisconsin_Infographic

2014 ADRC Healthy Living Programs

How can I help?

Find out how you can help combat Chronic Diseases in Barron County by participating on the Community Health Action Team!  The next upcoming meeting is under “events” on the righthand side of your screen.

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