County gets grant to fight chronic diseases

The Fresno County Department of Public Health has received federal funds through the national Community Transformation Grant initiative in an effort to reduce chronic disease such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes by promoting healthy environments where people live, work and play, the County said in a news release.

The County’s news release did not state the amount of the grant, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the amount awarded to Fresno County was $499,695.

Under the leadership of the Fresno County Department of Public Health, a detailed plan of action will be developed by a coalition of partners representing health, education, business and environment.

“Fresno County will address three priority areas: tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating and clinical preventative services,” Edward L. Moreno, director and health officer of the Fresno County Department of Public Health, said in the news release. “If we transform our environments to make the healthy choice, the easy choice, more people will be able to adopt healthy lifestyles and reduce their risks for chronic disease.”

Chronic diseases are responsible for 75 percent of the health care costs in the United States. Seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases, and almost one out of every two adults has at least one chronic illness.