Skip to main content (Press Enter).
Community Organizations
Start of Main Content

COMMUNITY ACTION

​What comes first: healthy people or healthy places? It’s hard to have one without the other. While individuals can take steps to reduce their risks for chronic disease, the environment where they live, work, and play has an impact on what they are able to do.

For instance, lack of access to stores that sell plentiful healthy foods has been linked to an increased risk of obesity. Greater access to convenience stores and fast food restaurants, where healthy choices might be few or cost more, is also related to higher obesity risk. Making sure there are ample and affordable healthy food options in the community is an important key to healthy eating.

Not having a safe place to walk or get other kinds of exercise limits how active individuals can be. Sidewalks, footpaths, trails, parks, and recreation centers help support physical activity. Community events can promote physical activity and drive home the health benefits of fitness for all.

tools

Community Action Toolkit

​Long Live Texans has created a Community Action Toolkit that provides information and materials to help communities implement strategies to encourage and support their citizens in reducing risks for chronic disease.

​TEXAS PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

The Texas Department of State Health Services has developed a large number of programs and resources to help communities tackle chronic disease. Click here for brief descriptions of these programs and links to their websites.

OTHER RESOURCES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other entities have developed a large number of community resources for the prevention and management of chronic disease. Click here for brief descriptions of these resources and web links.

ACTIVE LIVING RESOURCES

Click here for brief descriptions of community resources and web links related to physical activity.

HEALTHY EATING RESOURCES

Click here for brief descriptions of community resources and web links related to nutrition and access to healthy food.

TOBACCO-FREE LIVING RESOURCES

Click here for brief descriptions of community resources and web links related to tobacco control.