Chronic Illness in Washington State

Four Common Causes of Chronic Disease plague Washington State Health Departments.

Lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases in Washington State.

  • More than one-third of all adults do not meet recommendations for aerobic physical activity based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and 23% report no leisure-time physical activity at all in the preceding month.
  • InĀ 2007, less than 22% of high school students and only 24% of adults reported eating 5 or more servings of fits and vegetables per day