A chronic disease is any serious condition that lasts longer than three months. Chronic diseases typically can be treated, but not cured. They can be hereditary or the result of poor diet, little exercise and/or smoking and excessive alcohol use.
Chronic diseases are so common today that almost 50% of Americans have at least one. Some of the most common are: Heart Disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and lung disease.
There is good news, though – chronic diseases are preventable. There are things we can do as individuals and as a community to live longer healthier lives. Discover how Healthy Hotspots can make healthy living easier where we live, work, learn, worship, play and receive healthcare.
Communities can improve healthy food access through farmers’ markets, community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSAs), farm stands, mobile produce vendors, and co-ops. Corner stores or local food markets are another place that can provide healthier foods and beverages. Schools, worksites, faith communities, and parks can make sure healthy options are available in vending machines and cafeterias or during meetings and events.