Chronic Disease Prevention

Why is this an important health issue in Eau Claire?

Chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of health problems. Currently, 7 of the 10 leading causes of death in Wisconsin are due to chronic disease.

Chronic Disease_Goals

Current Projects

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 participation in physical activity at Eau Claire County worksites.
  • Partnering with local grocery stores to increase the availability of healthier food choices in grocery store checkout lanes.
  • Educating local business on the benefits of having a work culture supportive of caregivers and their well being.

This team participated in advocacy efforts for the Eau Claire Health Chapter Comprehensive Plan. Safe buildings, bike trails, accessible parks and community gardens are some examples of how the Health Chapter addresses the role that the built environment plays in reducing health risk factors such as obesity and chronic disease.

Action Team Action Plan — click here to learn what we’ve done and what we are currently working on

Current Co-Chairs: Sara Carstens and Barb Powers. To get involved with the Chronic Disease Prevention Action Team, click here.