Chronic Disease Prevention
South Heartland District Health Department is partnering with many agencies, individuals and businesses to help decrease chronic disease in our district. Focusing on high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
Sections of Chronic Disease Prevention:
- Walkability in Communities
- Diabetes Prevention
- Self-Monitoring of High Blood Pressure
- Community Health Workers
Walkability in Communities:
Walking is easy just step and repeat!
South Heartland is working to implement the step and repeat state branding through:
- Community Signage
- Trail Signage
Resources to Promote Walking
- Worksite Physical Activity improvements
- Shared Use Agreement between two private entities.
- Community Walking Clubs
- Promoting Complete Street Policies
If your agency is interested in partnering to promote walking or physical activity, call us at 1-877-238-7595.
Smart Moves is an CDC evidence based program that helps people with known or at risk for pre-diabetes prevent diabetes. Are you at risk?
Did you score a 5 or higher? Call us today at 1-877-238-7595 to get registered for a Smart Moves- Diabetes Prevention Program today.
Self-Monitoring of High Blood Pressure
1 in 3 Adults have high blood pressure, do you know your numbers? There are nearly 80 million Americans with hypertension. High blood pressure or hypertension is often called the “silent killer.” High blood pressure often has no sign or symptoms, but it can lead to deadly health outcomes such as heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Despite this effect, high blood pressure is often unknown, misunderstood and ignored. Don’t be a statistic- learn your numbers and talk to your health care professional today.
SHDHD is partnering with the YMCA to provide Blood Pressure Self Monitoring Program. To become a registered participant contact SHDHD or Hastings YMCA
Community Health Workers
South Heartland works to connect with each and every community in the district. To help us accomplish this we have on our team are two community health workers (CHW) that work in the field connecting every day with the community they serve. CHWs connect their community to resources in the area to help make happy healthy individuals. South Heartland has established a CHW network and if you feel you are a CHW in anyway please contact us today.
To help individuals identify if they function as a CHW, the following two videos: “Am I a Community Health Worker” (4 min, 36 sec) and “How Community Health Workers help community members: Maria & Belen’s story” (5 min, 29 sec) are quite enlightening.
Lastly, to help a health care system, clinic, agency, business or worksite identity value in "Employing a CHW" this 3 minute and 40 second video will be very worth your time.