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State Health Improvement Plan Priorities - Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic lung diseases and cancer) are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in Ohio. Nearly two out of every three deaths is due to a chronic disease, and they cost Ohio billions of dollars every year in healthcare costs and lost productivity. Yet despite this burden, they are largely the result of three preventable health risk factors: tobacco use, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. Strategies to reduce the burden of chronic disease include ensuring communities support healthy living and building the connections between community members, healthcare providers and community resources to improve disease management, prevent disease whenever possible and reduce risk factors associated with tobacco use, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. Preventing and reducing chronic disease is the foundation for a healthy, competitive and prosperous state.

Chronic Disease


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