Noncommunicable Disease Prevention
(also known as Chronic Disease Prevention)

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) include chronic conditions such as arthritis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart disease and stroke. NCDs are complex and influenced by many factors such as the built environment, income, education levels, and social connectedness, also known as the social determinants of health. Other risk factors are called behavioural as they are linked to our levels of physical activity, food consumption, alcohol and tobacco use.

Six out of ten Manitobans live with an NCD. The most common NCDs in Manitoba include:  hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, respiratory disease (asthma, chronic or acute bronchitis, emphysema or chronic airway obstruction), diabetes and heart disease. Prevention of NCDs requires interventions applied in a number of settings (such as school, community, and home) to decrease NCD rates over time. Everyone has a role to play in decreasing NCD rates in Manitoba.

Manitoba Mental Health and Community Wellness provides policy and programming support to initiatives that help prevent NCDs, reduce risk, and foster healthy environments.

To learn more about the prevention of NCDs, click on the sections below:


NCD surveillance is important for assessing the impact of disease on Manitobans, identifying priority populations, and evaluating population-based health promotion and disease prevention initiatives.


Complementary strategies on NCDs are highlighted.

Programs & Policies

Policies and programs can help address issues that impact the common risk factors for NCD and health.


Built and social environments influence our health and can impact our overall health and well-being.