Living life with chronic conditions is like trying to walk through a revolving door in a hamster’s wheel!

Six in ten Americans live with at least one chronic disease, like heart disease and stroke, cancer, or diabetes. Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. 

Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They are also leading drivers of the nation’s $3.8 trillion in annual health care costs. Many chronic diseases are caused by risk behaviors such as tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and excessive alcohol use.

We know that most chronic diseases could be prevented by eating well, being physically active, avoiding tobacco and excessive drinking, and getting regular health screenings. You can get information and exercise and nutrition tips from our Active Daily Living newsletter. Sign up at or call our resource line at 269-441-0930 for local resources.

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