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3 risk factors (tobacco use, poor diet, inactivity) contribute to 4 chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and many cancers) which are responsible for 50% of preventable deaths in the world?

3 risk factors contribute to 4 chronic diseases which are responsible for 50% of preventable deaths in the world.

Wellness saves lives and money.

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Work Well Alaska can assist with:
Tobacco Control, Nutrition & Physical Activity, Diabetes Prevention, Occupational Health and Safety, Depression & Stress Management, Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Lactation Support.

We can help your worksite develop a health and wellness program. Email for more information.

Work Well Alaska

The workplace is an important setting for health promotion and disease prevention (CDC 2016). Worksites can actively encourage healthy habits that help prevent health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease,
and depression.

The Alaska Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has partnered with local groups to provide resources and help for organizations interested in planning and implementing effective worksite wellness programs.

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Worksite Wellness Program

Worksite wellness programs are coordinated and comprehensive strategies designed to meet the health and safety needs of all employees. Worksite wellness programs are developed by employers to improve the overall health of their employees and reduce health care costs. Worksite wellness programs can include the following: health education classes, policies that promote healthy behaviors and physical activity, as well as employee health insurance coverage for preventive screenings (CDC 2016). During the average day, Alaska adults spend more time in the work setting than any other setting, making worksites a great place to promote behavior change.

Alaska Statistics

The Web of Chronic Disease, The Problem - Multiple Chronic Diseases
The Web of Chronic Disease, The Cost to the nation - 66 cents of each dollar spent on health care treat the 25% of Americans wit 

Chronic diseases—

such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes—are among
the most prevalent,
costly, and preventable health problems.

Link to the full "Web of Chronic Disease" graphic

Link to the full 11x17 "Web of Chronic Disease" infographic showing "The Problem," "The Cost" and "The Solution" here>

According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), in 2015:

  • 67% of Alaska adults were obese or overweight.
  • 6 out of 10 Alaska adults got the recommended weekly amount of physical activity.
  • 8% of Alaska adults reported having non-pregnancy related diabetes.
  • 28% of Alaska adults reported having high blood pressure.
  • 23% of Alaska adults consumed one or more sugary drinks per day.

According to the Alaska Section of Health Analytics & Vital Records, in 2015:

  • 42% of all deaths were due to cancer.
  • 19% of all deaths were due to heart disease.
  • 4% of all deaths were due to stroke.
  • 3% of all deaths were due to diabetes. 

Additional data related to chronic disease in Alaska can be found in the 2016 Alaska Chronic Disease Brief Report or via the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (AK-IBIS).

  1. AK BRFSS (2009-2011)
  2. Anderson G. Chronic Care: Making the Case for Ongoing Care. Princeton, NJ: Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, 2010.
  3. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). State Level Chronic Condition Reports. Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Chronic-Conditions/CCStateReports.html. Accessed 12-11-2012.
  4. Remington PL, Brownson RC, Wegner MV, eds. Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, 3rd Ed. Washington DC: American Public Health Association; 2010.
  5. Ford ES, Bergmann MM, Kroger J, Schienkiewitz A, Weikert C, Boeing H. Healthy living is the best revenge. Findings from the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition-Potsdam Study. Arch Intern Med 2009;169(15):1355-1362

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