Chronic Disease Prevention

District 4 is currently in the beginning phases of creating the structure for a District Wide Coalition that will address the top 3 priorities. However, we had a diverse group of community stake holders representing all counties take part in the development of our community health improvement plan. Since then a few comprehensive community health partnerships have been formed and are headed towards implementation. Since goals and objectives within the community health improvement plan have been established, the health promotion coordinator has developed collaborative partnerships to carry out those strategies. Two of these goals are in relation to increasing access to health care and addressing obesity-related chronic diseases identified in the community health assessment. Current health promotion work includes a partnership with the HEAL clinic of Morehouse School of Medicine to pilot run their mobile clinic for the underserved areas within the rural counties of District 4 and the collaboration with Adult Health and Worksite Wellness for the implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. This year the health promotions coordinator will continue to assess counties and their resources to determine best practices and methods for building healthier communities within the District.

 

 

 


Worksite Wellness

The health promotions coordinator has presented a worksite wellness kickoff in each county along with the district office to engage employees in the program initiatives and gain feedback on knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards wellness in the workplace. Since then District 4 has implemented several worksite wellness initiatives for employees including 100 Days of Summer which focuses on physical activity, healthy eating and stress management, the JOOL Health application tool, yoga and mindfulness workshops. Another effort worksite wellness has taken on is the development of a cohesive wellness team that includes employees from across all 12 counties for effective methods of operating. This team will assist the health promotions coordinator in monthly meetings, collecting data, choosing appropriate interventions, creating new environments and evaluating outcomes. This is to assure the worksite wellness initiative for District 4 Public Health is effective and sustainable for all employees.

 


Yoga and Mindfullness

 


100 Days of Summer

 

 

 

 

 


 

JOOL Health

 

 

 

 

 

 


Health and Wellness Day

The next upcoming event under worksite wellness is our Annual Health and Wellness day. This event will bring all District 4 employees together and will include interactive wellness presentations, door prize drawings, employee awards and fun indoor and outdoor activities to encourage participation in the upcoming worksite wellness initiatives for the next fiscal year.

 


What You Can Do to Live a Healthier and Longer Life
Avoid Excessive Alcohol Use:

  • Drink alcohol in moderation (men should have no more than two drinks per day; and women no more than one drink per day).

Avoid Tobacco:

  • If you do not smoke, don’t start.
  • If you currently smoke, and want to quit, call 1-800-Quit-Now, a free telephone support service that can help you to stop smoking or using tobacco.

Improve Nutrition:

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood.
  • Eat fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains.

Engage in Physical Activity:

  • Participate in 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week, or
  • Participate in 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week, or
  • Participate in an equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and
  • Engage in muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms)

More Information
Alcohol and Public Health
Smoking & Tobacco Use
Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
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In Georgia, you can call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line to improve your chances of quitting. Services are provided for any tobacco user 13 years or older living in Georgia.

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