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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
"Chronic" means "to persist over a long period of time." A chronic disease is one that is long-lasting
The chronic disease prevention program works to address diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease,
and cancer. We work with community partners to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors in order to lower
people's risk of chronic disease. Health risks associated with long-term illness include; poor eating
and sleeping habits, lack of physical activity, alcohol and drug use, smoking, and stress. Predetermining
risk factors include environment, genetics, and aging. These influences contribute to the onset and
progression of chronic disease. If not properly managed, chronic disease can worsen with the occurrence
of additional illnesses. This can lead to disability, lowered quality of life, and death.
Some ways you can improve your preventative care efforts are; get regular health checkups, complete
health screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies, practice good nutrition by eating at least five
fruits and vegetables per day, get an hour of physical activity per day, drink plenty of water, and
sleep at least 8 hours per night (recommendation for adults).
Kittitas County is among the top five healthiest counties in Washington State, ranking in at number
2 in terms of health outcomes.2
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.