Chronic Disease

Chronic Disease Prevention

Our chronic disease specialists work to reduce morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. They provide educational and public information sessions.

At the Richmond City Health District, we are about prevention. Since only about 37% of Richmonders exercise on a regular basis, we are at great risk of developing "lifestyle" disease. High blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and even breast cancer can be related to too little activity and poor eating habits. You can significantly decrease your odds of developing these diseases if you become more physically active, eat properly, and practice safe and preventive health habits. For information on chronic disease prevention activities call (804) 482-8019.

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 3 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 diseases, 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.


Learn more about our Healthy Corner Stores initiative!


Need help finding resources?
Call (804) 205-3500 or 211

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