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Chronic Disease Prevention and Education

Blood-Pressure-162-x-138More of us are living with chronic diseases now than ever. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, asthma can all affect our well-being and ability to work, play and live out our fullest calling and potential.  Sometimes just a little bit of support or understanding what is actually happening in our bodies can make a big difference.  Faith communities can be places to help provide these simple things that can make a big difference.

What are you doing in your house of worship to help prevent chronic diseases and to help provide support for those who need it?

Does your congregation:

  • Develop internal structures to help people with chronic disease manage their conditions. (ex. Start a Health Ministry, start a Support Team, build community and support networks)
  • Offer programs for education and health promotion. (ex. hold health fairs or screenings, offer trainings, link to expert advice and resources)
  • Build community partnerships. (ex. Provide a site for a Chronic Disease Self-Management class)

Has your congregation taken action to promote chronic disease prevention and management? Want to learn more about becoming  a Healthy HotSpot?  Email us!

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.