Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, chronic diseases account for a whopping 75 percent of national health care spending, yet only 3 percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention. Here in La Paz County, many of our residents are living with a costly and potentially life-threatening chronic illness. Prevention activities, like the health and wellness expo, help people make the connections they need to manage those diseases.
The expo will be a part of the American Public Health Association’s annual celebration of the role of public health and prevention in our communities. Since 1995, communities nationwide have celebrated NPHW each April to draw attention to the need to help protect and improve the nation’s health. For more information on public health efforts in La Paz County, visit lpchd.com/expo or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lapazcounty.healthdepartment