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Chronic Disease

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Chronic Disease Prevention Services is committed to reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity in the City of Richmond, Virginia as well as ensuring that its citizens, workforce and school age children develop healthy lifestyle habits. Chronic Disease Prevention Services has developed and implemented five areas to help accomplish its commitment to a healthier city. They are:

One of the greatest and most costly public health challenges we face as a nation is the rise in chronic disease, including heart disease, stroke, Type II diabetes and some cancers. Alarming increases in obesity due to inadequate nutrition, unhealthy behaviors and a lack of physical activity is a major factor in this rise. In the city of Richmond alone, it is reported that 63% of adults are overweight or obese, while 53% are physically inactive. To combat this, the Richmond City Health District is connecting Richmonders to a number of great resources.

Million Hearts

Million Hearts is a national initiative - led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death, respectively, in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 3 deaths in the country. Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

The Million Hearts website has a number of educational and practical uses that range from information on heart disease and stroke to heart attack risk and blood pressure calculators. The site also lays out how you can become involved and Be One in a Million Hearts! To learn more, visit:

American Heart Association

The Richmond Chapter of the American Heart Association (AHA) is committed to improving the heart health of our community and is deeply involved in a number of ways. AHA's website has excellent information on upcoming heart health events and resources for heart attack survivors. Check it out today at:


The Y and LIVESTRONG have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The small group, research-based program offers cancer survivors a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities. To learn more, visit:

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

A free, once per week, 6 week program that anyone with chronic disease is eligible to join. Participants learn how to manage their disease and live a healthy lifestyle. Taught by certified VA Dept of Health educators. To learn more visit:

Tobacco Quit Line:

A FREE VA Dept of Health service through which patients receive one-on-one counseling to quit smoking. This is an excellent resource for physicians because they can simply refer patients to this through the Fax Referral system. It's very quick, easy, and it's been shown that quit line callers are FIVE times more likely to quit than people who try on their own. For more info visit:

Last Updated: 12-19-2013

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