The Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) program works to promote health and quality of life throughout Austin and Travis County by working within the community to prevent and control disease.
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States and account for three out of every four deaths. Examples of chronic diseases include heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension. These diseases are not contagious. They develop slowly over time, and there may be no symptoms before onset. Risks for developing chronic diseases are significantly influenced by lifestyle behaviors, like nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco use. We cannot control all of our risks factors, but we can do our best to control those we can.
Though there are many things we can do as individuals, supporting more spaces and systems that promote healthy living is also critical to preventing disease and improving quality of life. Ensuring that homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, healthcare centers, and schools are offering an environment and culture that supports wellness is a priority for this program, especially in regards to reducing health inequities based on income, region, or other socioeconomic factors.
Recommendations for a healthy lifestyle:
- Be active at least 150 minutes a week with moderate intensity physical activity, for at least 10 minutes at a time (or 30 minutes a day, five days a week).
- Do muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate or high intensity and involve all major muscle groups on two or more days a week.
- Increase fruit and vegetable consumption to at least 5-9 servings a day.
- Reduce consumption of "junk" foods, or foods considered to have minimal nutritional value.
- Do not use cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, or any other form of tobacco product.
- Minimize exposure to secondhand smoke.
The CDIP Program staffs two local coalitions with a broad range of membership. These coalitions are dedicated to improving individual behaviors and the systems and environments in which people live so that healthier living is easier. Learn more:
Programs and services offered to help prevent and manage chronic disease include: