A chronic disease is a disease or condition that usually lasts for 3 months or longer and may get worse over time. Chronic diseases tend to occur in older adults and can usually be controlled but not cured. The most common types of chronic disease are cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.
The leading causes of death in Essex County are regularly connected with chronic diseases.
Eating healthfully is one of the most important things you can do for your health!
product labeling systems that make finding healthier foods easier;
recipes from trusted sources that help you plan & prepare great meals;
find local farmers, farmer's markets and other local resources; and
video library to help you learn about the connection between foods, weight and obesity.⬆
Eating healthy helps prevent, delay, and manage heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. A balanced, healthy dietary pattern includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products and limits added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium.
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities.⬆
In October of 2022 our department introduced a new health initiative to our community! #getfitessexcounty is a monthly fitness challenge to help keep us in the North Country healthy. Everyone of all fitness levels is invited to join us. Each month will feature a new challenge.
Vaping, Smoking & Tobacco
Quitting tobacco has immediate and long lasting benefits.
Millions have freed themselves from tobacco and so can you.
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Creating a Tobacco-Free Environment & other Community Supports
Cigarette smoking is identified as a cause of various cancers, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory conditions, as well as low birth weight and other adverse health outcomes.⬆
E-cigarettes (or “vape pens”) heat a liquid until it becomes a vapor, which is inhaled. The liquid (called e-liquid or “vape juice”) can contain nicotine or marijuana distillate or oil. E-cigarettes can be refillable or pre-filled with cartridges containing the e-liquid. The pre-filled e-cigarettes (called “Puff Bars”) are designed for one-time use. After taking a certain number of “puffs,” the user throws the device away.
There are options right here in Essex County to take the recommendations of your trusted healthcare provider and put them into action out in the real world.⬆
Alzheimer's & Dementia Support;
Healthy Living - Nutrition & Exercise Opportunities; and
Visit gethealthynoco.org or call the Chronic Disease Outreach Coordinator for more information at 518-873-3500.
Chronic Disease Community Initiative
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Winter Sun Safety 2023!⬇
Winter Snowshoe Lending 2023!⬇
What Does Our Data Say About Chronic Disease in Essex County?
This statewide initiative provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings and diagnostic services at NO COST to women and men who qualify.
The Cancer Services Program of Northeastern NY is coordinated through the UVMHN, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital covering Clinton, Essex, & Franklin counties.⬆
Learn more about the NYSDOH Cancer Services Program.
Services provided through participating providers and hospitals:
- Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram and Clinical Breast Exam)
- Women ages 40 and older
- Women under age 40 at high risk for breast cancer*
- Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Test and Pelvic Exam)
- Women ages 40 and older
- Colorectal Cancer Screening (Fecal Immunochemical Test Kit)
- Men and women ages 45 and older at average risk for colorectal cancer
- Colorectal Cancer Screening (Colonoscopy)
- Men and women at increased or high risk for colorectal cancer*
*Only a New York State-licensed health care provider can determine risk.
Cancer screening may be available to you if:
- Live in New York State
- Do not have health insurance
- Have health insurance that may prevent a person from obtaining screening and/or diagnostic services
- Meet income eligibility requirements
- Meet age requirements
📞 Call 518-324-7671 to determine eligibility, enroll in the program, assist with scheduling a cancer screening, or with any questions.
🩺Many medical providers throughout Essex County participate with this program.
🔬🧪Many diagnostic services are covered when positive screening results are found.
The Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program is available for those who qualify.
OUR REQUIRED ACTIVITIES
Chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, etc.) are among the leading causes of disability and death in NYS. As a local health department we are required to conduct an evidenced-based chronic disease prevention program that focusing on the prevention of chronic diseases and their associated risk factors –
✅ Nutrition and
✅ Physical activity
Our Strategies Include:
✅leading or participating in community coalitions & planning efforts to improve social and physical environments;
✅support policy, systems and environmental change activities;
✅engage in education, public health marketing and communication; and
✅promote the delivery of early detection and health care following state and national guidance for care.