Chronic Disease

Chronic Diseases are the leading causes of deaths and disabilities in Clay County and Missouri. They are associated with high healthcare cost, low productivity and loss of quality of life, yet they are among the most preventable of all health problems. Nearly 7 out of every 10 Missourians die of a chronic disease each year.

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In Clay County, the burden of chronic diseases continues to have an impact on the overall health and wellness of our citizens. Most of the diseases that most impact Clay County share common risk factors, including tobacco use, smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and overweight/obesity.

The Clay County Public Health Center’s Chronic Disease Program works to create awareness of the leading causes of deaths from chronic diseases and to provide information that would encourage citizens to take actions to prevent, detect, delay and/or manage their health problems including:

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See here for additional material on chronic disease prevention.