To reach the goal of becoming a healthier county, we have focused our attention on:
- Supporting Healthy Food and Active Environments--By looking at the way we make choices related to eating and exercising, we can find ways to make healthier food and activity choices easier for community members, their families, their employers, and the organizations that serve them. When healthy food and exercise choices are easier to make, we see fewer citizens suffering from chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension.
- Promoting Mental Health and Well Being--Although this focus area is not a component of the County Health Rankings model, it is an important issue to members of our community. When mental health issues, ranging from screening and identification of possible illness to treatment options and the elimination of stigma, can be improved, physical health will also be improved.
- Preventing Violence and Reducing Injury--Injuries can be both accidental and intentional. Some, including fights, falls, and motor vehicle crashes, sometimes result from the misuse of alcohol or drugs, both legal and illegal. Unsafe practices, such as ignoring seat belts or improperly installing child safety seats, can lead to injury or even death. Domestic violence, child abuse, animal abuse, and bullying are other concerns that can stem from any number of circumstances. Working with professionals in these areas, we aim to improve the environment in which our citizens live, work, and raise their families in hopes of reducing the incidence of avoidable injury and violence.
- Decreasing Prevalence of Communicable Diseases--From immunizing babies and children to personal hygiene to safe sexual practices, communicable diseases can be reduced and even avoided in most cases. Focusing on preventive measures that all citizens can take to protect themselves from disease can prevent the spread of infection and reduce the potential for epidemics in our community.