“The Chronic Disease Prevention Action Team works to prevent the onset of chronic disease by making the healthy choice the easy one where people live, work, and play.”
Why is this an important health issue in Eau Claire?
Currently, 7 of the 10 leading causes of death in Wisconsin are due to chronic disease, and chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of health problems. Most chronic diseases are preventable, yet most community members agree that healthy lifestyle choices and managing risk factors are not the easy or desirable option.
Goals and Objectives: 2018-2021
Currently, the Chronic Disease Prevention Action team has two goals:
Healthy Communities action teams identify goals and objectives based on root cause analysis, current evidence, state and national plans, and community input, assets, and readiness. More information on this process can be found in our Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.
This team is working on the following projects in support of their goals of improving nutrition and increasing physical activity to prevent onset of chronic disease:
- Developing point-of-decision prompts (a creative way in which signage and messaging can be used to encourage physical activity and healthy eating) to increase consumption of healthy foods and beverages and increase physical activity in the community.
- Partnering with local convenience and grocery stores to increase the availability of healthier food choices in multiple environments.
- Supporting local legislature to incorporate changes to the physical environment of Eau Claire County that make healthy options desirable and easy.
For a comprehensive report of our current goals, objectives, and ongoing work, please view our action plan here.
- Participated in the FNV (Fruits and Veggies) campaign alongside Chippewa and Dunn County coalitions to increase marketing for healthy food options.
- Implemented a Healthy Corner Stores project with the Chippewa and Dunn County coalitions at nine convenience or small grocery stores across the three counties.
- Assisted in completion of the Cannery District Health Impact Assessment to understand how to best incorporate health into the process for developing and planning the spaces where we live, work, and play.
For a full list of accomplishments over the course of 2015-2018 for Chronic Disease Prevention and all of our actions teams, please see the final pages of our Community Health Improvement Plan.
Do you want to help the Chronic Disease Prevention Action Team develop healthy communities? Click here to get involved.