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District 4 Public Health - HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

District 4 is committed to helping our community have long, healthy lives. Through our Community Health Assessment (CHA), we have identified pervasive health concerns that affect our district, and we are coordinating a coalition that will take action to address them.

We have established that the district’s top priorities are to increase access to health care and address obesity-related chronic diseases. Read more in our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

Increasing Access to Health Care

We are proud to use collaborative partnerships to help more members of the community reach quality health care. Along with the Morehouse School of Medicine HEAL clinic, we are piloting a mobile clinic program that provides a number of essential health screenings to underserved areas in the district’s rural counties.

Preventing Chronic Diseases

We encourage healthy habits to help prevent the development of obesity-related chronic conditions, like heart disease and stroke, cancer and diabetes. Chronic diseases affect 6 in 10 Americans and have become the leading causes of death, disability and rising health care costs. By making healthy everyday changes to your lifestyle, you can prevent conditions such as high blood pressure or obesity, which raise your risk of developing the most common and serious chronic diseases.

How You Can Prevent Chronic Disease:

  • Quit Smoking
    Stopping smoking (or never starting) lowers the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and lung disease, as well as premature death—even for longtime smokers. Take the first step and call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for FREE support.

  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol
    Over time, excessive drinking can lead to high blood pressure, various cancers, heart disease, stroke and liver disease. By reducing alcohol intake, you can reduce these health risks.

  • Get enough sleep
    Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and poor management of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. Adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep daily.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Type 2 diabetes is caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently, which leads to high blood glucose levels. More than 70 million Americans don’t realize they have prediabetes, and without taking action, they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

District 4 is committed to helping high-risk populations identify and manage cases of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and cardio metabolic syndrome. For hypertension and type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent), we offer:

  • Patient management, monitoring and education
  • Physical exam
  • Laboratory testing

Visit one of our diabetes prevention clinics:

Fayette County Public Health
Department

140 West Stonewall Ave, Suite 107
Fayetteville, GA 30214
770.305.5416

Heard County Public Health
Department

1191 Franklin Parkway
Franklin, GA 30217
706.675.3456

Henry County Public Health
Department

135 Henry Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253
770.288.6136

Meriwether County Public Health Department
51 Gay Connector
Greenville, GA 30222
706.672.4974

Spalding County Public Health
Department

1007 Memorial Drive
Griffin, GA 30224
770.467.4740

Worksite Wellness

Workplaces and schools provide opportunities to give employees and students access to healthy environments.

Our Worksite Wellness program uses tools and training to assess, evaluate and plan workplace health initiatives. This program helps to evolve the existing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards wellness in the workplace. Wellness policies not only benefit workers, they also save on health care costs and increase productivity. We have developed a district-wide Worksite Wellness team who help us determine the need and effectiveness of our programs.

Some of our Worksite Wellness programs include:

  • 100 Days of Summer, which focuses on physical activity, healthy eating and stress management
  • Ergonomics
  • Weight loss challenge

 

Call for Appointments: 1.800.847.4262