Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Red apple and measure tapeThe Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program works to reduce the toll of chronic disease and health risks/behaviors to the population of the Northeast Health District. We advocate for environmental and policy changes that benefit the population in the most efficient and lasting way .

 

Targeted risk behaviors include smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, lack of preventive healthcare, sexual violence, and reducing risky behaviors in youth.

 

There are five key action areas for the work of health promotion:

  1. Build healthy public policy;
  2. Create environments that support and promote health;
  3. Strengthen community action for health;
  4. Develop personal skills; and
  5. Re-orient health services toward prevention and health promotion.

 

Program activities are developed and implemented using evidence-based strategies and best practices. Health promotion strategies used to address the five key action areas include: health communication, health education, self help/mutual aid, organizational change, community development and mobilization, advocacy, and policy development. It is the combination of multiple strategies applied across the five action areas that makes the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program effective.

RESOURCES

Smoking & Tobacco Cessation: Georgia Tobacco Quit Line – available anytime by calling: 1-877-270-STOP (7867)

Childhood Obesity: GeorgiaSHAPE  and  CDC Childhood Obesity Facts

Eating Healthy: GeorgiaSHAPE Healthy Recipes   |   USDA Mixing Bowl (recipes)   |   Good & Cheap (free, PDF cookbook)

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