Chronic Disease Prevention

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A Program of the Prevention & Health Communications Department

 

Some chronic diseases such as diabetes can be prevented, delayed or improved by making lifestyle changes. This page provides a few resources you can consider in pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

 


Could you be at risk for prediabetes? Click the link below to take the American Diabetes Association’s risk test to find out!

Prediabetes-Risk-Test-Final — NEW 2019


NEW CLASS COMING JANUARY OF 2020!

Call 410-334-3480 to get on the list to be contacted in December with the details.

Wicomico County Health Department’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidenced based program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.

  • It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight (that would be 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person).
  • These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.
  • Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month).
  • Participants learn how to eat more healthily and decrease the fat in their dietary intake.
  • Participants are also coached to increase their physical activity.
  • Tracking food intake and monitoring activity are important components of the program.

 For more information or to see if you are eligible, call (410) 334-3480.



Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP)

A Program of Planning and Population Health The Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) is part of the Governor’s comprehensive statewide strategy for reducing overdose deaths related to pharmaceutical opioids and heroin. Through the OMPP grant, Health Department staff work closely with stakeholders across the region to reduce unintentional overdoses involving opioids such as prescription painkillers and…

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Prevention & Health Communications (PHC)

The mission of the Office of Prevention and Health Communications is to give individuals the knowledge and skills needed to make informed choices regarding their health and safety through: education, training, health assessments and outreach. Our health education specialists, trainers, and instructors are available to facilitate outreach programs, deliver educational presentations, and provide health resources for…

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Available Programs The Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Adolescent Health Program provides technical assistance, health education, and promotional efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in Wicomico County. Several community based initiatives are designed to affect teen pregnancy using Abstinence and Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Services and education are provided to pre-adolescents, adolescents, parents and community groups which are funded by the Sexual Risk Avoidance…

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