Adverse childhood experiences, commonly called ACEs, can have lasting health impacts. Children who are subjected to abuse, violence, deprivation, hunger, or other traumatic experiences can carry the scars with them over a lifetime.
Clark County Public Health is working in our neighborhoods and communities to promote healthier choices and give all residents a better opportunity for a healthy lifestyle. The Commission on Aging, a program in Clark County Community Planning, also addresses needs of older adults in their Aging Readiness Plan.
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke are the leading causes of disease and disability, accounting for 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year. These diseases also account for $3 of every $4 spent on health care. More than 117 million people have at least one chronic health problem. Most chronic diseases are preventable and are caused by poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.
Public Health and community partners are promoting and supporting healthy lifestyles in all neighborhoods, especially those experiencing the greatest burden of disease. Our work focuses on the root causes of poor health and making improvements where people, live, learn, work, play and go to school, especially for those populations most affected by disparities and health inequities.
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