Chronic Disease and Diabetes Prevention and Control
Southern Seven Health Department in partnership with Jackson County Health Department and SIU School of Medicine are Working Together to Prevent and Address Diabetes and chronic disease in Southern Illinois. The percentage of adults with diabetes in the seven counties is 10.4% (According to the CDC – 2016), which is well above the average for the state of Illinois at 9.5% (CDC 2016). The number one risk factor for Type II Diabetes is obesity. According to the most recent data through the CDC, our 7 counties have an average obesity rate of 29%.