Live Healthy Fairfax
What Is Live Healthy Fairfax?
A healthy community means more than good medical care; it involves giving everyone the opportunity to make healthy choices. Too many children and adults in the Fairfax community face preventable health risk factors such as inadequate physical activity; poor nutrition; heart disease; obesity; and tobacco, alcohol or drug use. Consider the following statistics:
- Chronic diseases account for 7 of the 10 leading causes of death and are responsible for 86 percent of health care costs in the United States.
- In Fairfax County, 20 percent of adults are overweight. However, 85 percent report participating in regular physical activity.
- About one in ten adults in Virginia smokes.
- Thirteen percent of our residents lack health insurance, including 16 percent of adults and 5 percent of children.
- Only 27 percent of our kids eats at least 5 fruits and vegetables every day.
The Live Healthy Fairfax initiative aims to transform our community into a place where everyone may lead healthier, more productive lives. The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax is a diverse coalition that has developed Fairfax's Community Health Improvement Plan, an action-oriented plan created to address seven priority issues (listed below). In addition to identifying strategies for preventing chronic diseases, the Live Healthy Fairfax effort is promoting policy, systems and environmental changes that will help the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax achieve its vision: Fairfax—an engaged and empowered community working together to achieve optimal health and well-being for all who live, work and play here.
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Healthy & Safe Physical Environment
Improving the community environment to support good health for all.
Increasing opportunities for physical activity to improve health.
Making healthy food affordable and accessible for all through the Fairfax Food Council.
Reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke where community members live, work, and play.
Expanding the workforce capacity to meet the health care needs of a diverse community.
Access to Health Services
Improving access to and quality of health care services.
Integrating public health data to improve monitoring, analysis, reporting, and evaluation of community health.