What is Transforming Galveston?
Transforming Galveston has been awarded a five-year, federally funded initiative supporting communities, workplaces, schools, and health care providers as they work together to reduce chronic diseases, lower the cost of health care, and promote a lifetime of health for every Texan through prevention.
Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis are among the most widespread chronic diseases in Texas. Texas has a higher rate of chronic disease than most other sates in the U.S. Chronic disease accounts for 3 of every 4 deaths in Texas.
Chronic diseases have overlapping risk factors. Some risk factors such as age and genetics cannot be controlled. But risk factors like diet, physical activity, and tobacco can be modified. Eating health foods, being physically active, and avoiding tobacco can reduce a person's risk of chronic disease.
Committing to small changes in everyday life can make a BIG difference over time and if people commit to making small changes, the community get healthier overall.