3-4-50: Prevent Chronic Disease

The first step to preventing chronic disease is understanding it. We created this resource to unite Vermont in that effort. This is 3-4-50. Together, we can find strength and knowledge in numbers.


3-4-50 simply expresses the toll of unhealthy behaviors on the lives of Vermonters 3-4-50 is a way to understand health consequences directly related to physical activity levels, diet and tobacco use. 3-4-50 shows the way to reduce chronic disease in our state, which kills more Vermonters than all other causes combined. Vermonters are more likely to die from chronic diseases than all other causes of death combined.

Chronic Disease Infographic

The four chronic conditions highlighted in 3-4-50 account for the majority of these deaths. However, the same behaviors that can lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and lung disease can also worsen the other chronic diseases included here, like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and liver disease.

State Wide Data Brief

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Chronic disease is the health challenge of the 21st century. The tragic consequences are all the more frustrating because preventing these diseases is a winnable battle. To understand 3-4-50 in Vermont, it helps to see some of the data on these behaviors, diseases and deaths.

To make a change that matters, we need commitment from all corners of Vermont: businesses, schools and colleges, cities and towns, individual Vermonters. 3-4-50 is our call to action to provide a foundation for longer and healthier lives for Vermonters, and a solution to the escalating costs of treating preventable disease.

All around Vermont, change is happening. It can be as simple as making your car and home smoke-free, or as involved as organizing a work crew to make improvements to your town’s recreation fields. The important thing is to act.