Project Abstract Summary
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States and in New Jersey. Some of the major risk factors for Heart Disease are hypertension and high blood cholesterol. Two of the most common avoidable risk factors for hypertension and high blood cholesterol are obesity and diabetes. Diabetes is also a leading cause of death in New Jersey. Some of the most common risk factors for diabetes are obesity and hypertension.
In New Jersey, prevalence rate estimates for obesity and diabetes are highest in the southern, rural counties of the state (Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic Cape May and Ocean) and the northern, urban county of Essex. These areas represent New Jersey’s high burden populations for risk factors leading to heart disease and diabetes. The NJDOH will target these specific areas with broad, population-based and evidence-based systems level interventions aimed at reducing health disparities related to the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.