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.
- Eat Healthy
Eating healthy helps prevent, delay and manage heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. A balanced diet of fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products is important at any age. If you are overweight, losing even 5% to 7% of your body weight can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
- Get regular physical activity
Regular physical activity can help you prevent, delay or manage chronic diseases. Aim for moderate physical activity (like brisk walking or gardening) for at least 150 minutes a week.
- 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 screened
To prevent chronic diseases or catch them early, visit a District 4 clinic for screening services and physical exams.
- 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.
- Know your family history
If you have a family history of a chronic disease, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis, you may be more likely to develop that disease yourself. Share your family health history with your doctor, who can help you take steps to prevent these conditions or catch them early.
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:
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
- Weight loss challenge