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Chronic Disease

Heart disease and stroke, cancer, and diabetes are leading causes of death and disability in South Dakota. A network of chronic disease and educational programs are working together to provide information, promote prevention and screening, and collect data to monitor trends to help improve the lives of South Dakotans. Whether you need to learn the basics about a condition, find care, or better manage a condition, these programs can help you find the support you need.



Better Choices Better Health

Physical activity and fall prevention workshops where participants gain confidence and receive peer support to help them learn new ways to get through daily activities and manage physical and mental health wellness. Learn more. Learn more


South Dakota Department of Health Cancer Programs

Nearly half of new cancer cases and cancer deaths are related to preventable causes. South Dakota’s cancer programs are working to reduce death and illness due to cancer and to bring individuals, organizations, and providers together to reduce the burden of cancer. Learn more

South Dakota Diabetes Program

Today, the number of people with diabetes is higher than it has ever been. People are developing diabetes at younger ages and at higher rates. But there are things you can do to prevent diabetes and manage health complications. Learn more

South Dakota Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fifth leading causes of death. Preventing leading risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, secondhand smoke exposure, obesity, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity can reduce the impact and improve lives. Learn more

Blue ribbon on palm of hand, symbolizing colorectal cancer awareness
Hands holding a diabetes awareness ribbon
Girl with a plate of healthy vegetables