The goal of the Health Promotion program is to help people lead healthy lives by improving lifestyles, creating healthful environments, and preventing chronic disease.
Health Promotion focuses on the three most important factors that support good health and help prevent all chronic diseases:
- Physical Activity
- Good Nutrition / Healthy Eating Habits
- Tobacco Use Prevention
Physical activity and healthy eating are important to people of all ages in preventing obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and in Georgia. Together, tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet, account for 33% of the annual deaths in the United States, and the related conditions of heart disease, cancer and stroke are the leading causes of death in Georgia, making up more than 53 percent of all deaths statewide. More than 10,000 Georgians die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, including cancer; cardiovascular diseases; stroke and heart attack; and respiratory diseases.
What Health Promotion Does
• Assess health needs and resources, plan and develop initiatives through partnerships and coalitions, implement programs and activities to improve individual and community health, and evaluate the outcomes of initiatives.
• Support healthy lifestyles through environment and policy changes, awareness and media campaigns, resources and information, education and training, and technical assistance.
• Work with community partners, including schools, worksites, health care providers, faith-based organizations, parks and recreation departments, universities, other civic and community organizations and agencies, and the community-at-large, to develop and implement strategies that will improve individual’s and group’s health-related behaviors.
Health Promotion Program and Activity Areas of Concern
• Prevention: Avoidance of risk factors and adoption of healthy behaviors as lifestyle habits that support health. Includes increasing knowledge, skills training, motivation for change, adoption of new behaviors and strategies (including physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco avoidance), use of clinic preventive services, and policy and environmental changes that support healthy lifestyles.
• Management: Awareness and use of appropriate disease management and self-management techniques and opportunities for those who already have developed chronic disease.
• Professional Awareness: Prevention and management best practices and resources for chronic diseases. Appropriate emergency response and treatment for chronic disease sufferers experiencing acute events.
The Health Promotion Coordinator’s role is to be an advisor and facilitator, who provides technical assistance to partners and coalitions, and serves as a resource on the public to promote health in the community.
Thinking About Quitting Tobacco?
Call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line: 1-877-270-STOP (7867)
1-877-2NO-FUME (266-3863) Spanish Language
TTY: 1-877-6534 (Hearing Impaired)