Chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, are among the leading causes of death in Maryland and Charles County and currently account for 75 percent of health care costs. In 2017, the leading cause of death in Charles County was cancer, and 53% of Charles County deaths were due to heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.
Fortunately, the majority of chronic disease cases can be prevented. Eighty percent of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes can be prevented through proper nutrition, physical activity, and not smoking.
The goal of the Charles County Department of Health's Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Programs is to improve the health of Charles County residents by promoting healthy lifestyles that reduce the burden of chronic disease. Some of our programs include:
Additional statistics and data on the burden of chronic disease in Charles County: