Healthy Living & Wellness

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What is chronic disease?


Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.



Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is when blood pressure is consistently above the normal level. A normal blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mmHg. Hypertension can cause serious health problems such as heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

What is prediabetes?


Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 88 million American adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, more than 84% don’t know they have it. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.


Take the assessment below to determine if you are at risk for prediabetes.


The risk test is not an official diagnosis. If you have questions or concerns about your results, please speak with your primary care provider.


 Beginning in 2022, the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga will be offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in partnership with the Hamilton County Health Department. This lifestyle change program is designed to help you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and improve your overall health. This program is open to Hamilton County residents with prediabetes. To register or get more information, contact Ariel Barnes at

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