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Healthy Living

Do you want a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your family? Your choices make a real difference to your health. In fact, you can avoid preventable diseases that could lead to premature death by making simple changes to your lifestyle. Healthy living not only promotes physical improvements, but mental and social well-being, too. (Learn more about health »)

Individuals can take steps toward a healthier life by paying attention to the choices they make — not smoking, eating healthier foods and increasing physical activity

Communities and employers can  promote healthy living for residents and employees by establishing smoke-free policies, providing more healthy food options and opportunities for physical activity

Live tobacco-free and smoke-free

A great way to prevent disease and create a healthier environment is to encourage everyone to live smoke-free lives. Cigarette smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke cause more than 440,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. Living with a smoker increases a person’s chance of developing lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent.

What can you do?

  • Quit smoking. Are you ready to quit? Here are some resources that can help.
  • Understand the risks from second-hand smoke. Walls don't keep tobacco smoke out. Your smoking is dangerous for the non-smokers around you, including your loved ones.

What can communities and employers do?

  • Reduce the risk from second-hand smoke. Many communities across the region are establishing smoke-free policies for multi-unit housing and public spaces like parks, restaurants and shopping areas.

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Eat healthier foods

A healthy diet helps you maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a leading cause of preventable disease, and more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, putting them at higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types
of cancer. 

Buying and eating healthier foods, and consuming less fast food goes a long way toward improving your and your family's health.

Encouraging stores, businesses and schools to sell or serve healthier foods will increase your community's exposure to healthy nutrition.

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Be more physically active

Physical activity helps keep your weight down, your cardiovascular system healthy, your joints mobile and improves stress levels.

Being more active doesn't have to be complicated  — Walk, ride a bike, join a gym, start running, play with your kids, practice yoga, dance, throw a ball, catch a Frisbee — even a little extra physical activity — whatever you can do — can improve your health and your mood.
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With funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,the Mid-America Regional Council has partnered with the three local public health departments serving Jackson County, Mo., to address policy and environmental change around chronic disease prevention. The three local health departments include Kansas City, Mo., Health DepartmentIndependence, Mo., Health Department and Jackson County, Mo., Health Department. A Leadership Team provides community input and oversight for the program.