Chronic Disease Data

Prevention and treatment of chronic disease is a public health priority. Poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and tobacco use and exposure are three leading modifiable risk factors that directly affect the development of many chronic diseases.

Poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and tobacco use and exposure are three leading risk factors that directly affect the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. These chronic conditions in turn contribute to 56% of all mortality in Massachusetts and over 53% of all health care expenditures ($30.9 billion a year).

Although these three leading risk factors are modifiable, we recognize the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play do not offer equal access or opportunity to make this possible, resulting in inequitable health outcomes for some populations, including Black and Latinx residents, low-income residents, and LGBTQ residents.

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