Chronic Disease Risk Reduction

The Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Program encompasses all areas of health that can be changed in order to prevent diseases and improve the overall health of individuals and the community. Along with a comprehensive clean air ordinance, which reduces heart attacks, improves cardiovascular health and reduces other tobacco related illnesses in the community, the CDRR program works on other preventable causes of diseases especially heart disease with the increase in daily physical activity and encouraging the consumption of fruits and vegetables in daily diets of the community members. The CDRR Program staff work closely with RISE Cowley (formerly the Healthy Communities Cowley County Coalition); a county wide coalition made up of volunteers from Cowley County who work on health projects and programs. The Health Communities Coalition works in close coordination with Vision 20/20 and Cowley First. Subcommittees of the Coalition work on Tobacco Use Reduction, Community Gardening and Trail Development.

 

RISE Cowley

RISE Cowley promotes healthy lifestyles by collaborating to raise awareness and encourage involvement for residents of Cowley County.  With help from the Pathways Grant (funded by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas), this collaboration has been responsible for lots of great new things in our area.  Some of these include updates to local farmers markets, new trails (including maps and bike racks!) around Cowley County, breastfeeding advocacy, and tobacco cessation.  Visit their website to learn more and become involved.

Tobacco Use Reduction

  • Tobacco resources to aide in quitting
  • Corporate programs and policy to reduce the amount of tobacco users in the company
  • Tobacco user/quitter support group mediation and implementation
  • Coordination with Healthy Communities: Clean Air Cowley County Coalition
  • Presentations to groups/companies. Topics include:
    • Cardiovascular disease and prevention
    • Tobacco cessation (quitting)

Useful Links:

Nutrition and Community Gardening

  • Assisting in resources, contacts and building community gardens
  • School-Community gardens
  • Farmer’s Market promotion
  • Coordination with Health Communities Coalition: Garden Promotion and Development Committee, Community Gardening Associations and Resource Agencies
  • Promote healthier choices in local restaurants by encouraging calorie counts in menus

Useful Links:

Physical Activity and Trail Development

  • Promote the use of existing trails and walking paths in Cowley County
  • Encourage park use throughout the community
  • Encourage walking school bus/bike trains at local schools
  • Active commuting to work/school
  • Coordination with Healthy Communities Coalition: Trail Development Committee
  • Support the building of new trails

Useful Links:

Chronic Illness Prevention and Information:

Heart Disease

  • Risk Factors
    • High Blood Pressure
    • High Cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Too Much Alcohol
    • Tobacco Use
    • Obesity
      • Unhealthy diet
      • Physical inactivity
    • Family History
    • Race
    • Age
    • Sex
  • Prevention
    • Practice Healthy Living Habits
      • Eat a healthy diet
      • Maintaining a healthy weight
      • Getting enough physical activity
      • Not smoking or using other forms of tobacco
      • Limiting alcohol use
      • Get enough quality sleep
      • Manage stress
    • Control Other Health Conditions
      • Check cholesterol
      • Control blood pressure
      • Manage diabetes
      • Take current medications as prescribed

Stroke

  • Risk Factors
    • High Blood Pressure
    • High Cholesterol
    • Heart Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Sickle Cell Disease 
    • Unhealthy Diet
    • Physical Inactivity
    • Obesity
    • Too Much Alcohol
    • Tobacco Use
    • Family History
    • Age
    • Sex
    • Race
  • Prevention
    • Healthy Living
      • Healthy diet
      • Healthy weight
      • Physical activity
      • Abstain from smoking and other forms of tobacco
      • Limit alcohol
    • Control Medical Conditions
      • Check cholesterol
      • Control blood pressure
      • Control diabetes
      • Take current medication as described

Diabetes

  • Risk Factors
    • Type 1 Diabetes
      • Family history
      • Age
    • Type 2 Diabetes
      • Being overweight
      • Being over 45 years old
      • Family history
      • Lack of physical activity
      • History of gestational diabetes or prediabetes
      • Are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or  Pacific Islander
        • Prevention
          • Learn about prediabetes
          • Maintain a healthy weight
          • Be more active
          • Eat healthy foods most of the time
    • Gestational Diabetes
      • Previous history of gestational diabetes
      • Given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 lbs
      • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
      • Have a hormone disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Cancer

Obesity

  • Risk factors
    • Poor nutrition
    • Lack of physical activity
  • Prevention
    • Eat 5 to 6 servings of fruit and vegetables daily
    • Choose whole grain foods
    • Avoid highly processed foods
    • Weigh and measure food to gain an understanding of portion sizes
    • Avoid eating more calories than you burn
    • Weigh yourself regularly
    • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity most, if not all, days of the week
    • Make small changes in your daily routine such as parking farther away, walking around the block, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator

Arthritis

  • Risk Factors
    • Age
    • Injury
    • Autoimmune disorders
    • Gender
    • Genetics
    • Obesity
    • Physical inactivity
    • Occupation
    • Smoking
    • Diet
    • Infection
    • Genetics
  • Prevention – while true prevention seems to be impossible, there are things that can help
    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Be physically active as much as possible
    • Eat a healthful diet low in sugar and alcohol
    • Refrain from smoking
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