Chronic Disease in Clatsop County
Did you know that Clatsop County has the third highest binge drinking rate in the state (among 11th graders)? [Binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks within a couple hours.]
Did you know that Clatsop County 8th graders drink more sodas per week than all the other counties’ except Douglas County?
Did you know that Clatsop County has higher than average rates of adult asthma? And that Clatsop County has inexcusably high rates of pediatric asthma that aren’t managed?
Clatsop County has been fortunate to be awarded a grant to assess the burden of chronic disease in our county. Chronic diseases encompass such things as Tobacco-related disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease and cancer – to name a few. Many chronic diseases are a direct result of behavioral habits such as poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and smoking – and are preventable.
We have completed a comprehensive community assessment and will be releasing our findings in an executive summary soon. As part of a collaborative process with concerned community members, a Plan of Action will be developed in order to increase opportunities in Clatsop County that support each resident's choice to lead an active and healthy life.