The LiveHealthy 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 working together to attain these goals. Whether you are a resident, business owner, faith leader, school official, nonprofit manager, health care provider, or government employee, you can make a difference in the health of our community. Join us!
Why Is This Effort Important?
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 75 percent of health care costs in the United States.
- In Fairfax County, 58 percent of adults are overweight.
- One in five adults in Virginia smokes.
- Ten percent of our residents lack health insurance.
- More than 18 percent of children 19–25 months old in our community are not up-to-date on recommended vaccinations.
A healthy community means more than good medical care; it involves giving everyone the opportunity to make healthy choices—this is called "health equity." In addition to identifying strategies for preventing chronic diseases, the LiveHealthy 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.
The History of LiveHealthy Fairfax
Since 2008, the Partnership has been conducting a community-wide strategic planning process known as Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). MAPP is the framework that helped the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax assess our community’s health needs, and identify the key issues that we will address through collaborative action.
To strengthen the efforts of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, Fairfax County was awarded a Community Transformation Grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.