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EDUCATE & INFORM

Educate yourself and others in the community by reviewing and sharing resources.

Read:

View:

  • Watch the PBS documentary Unnatural Causes examining racial and economic disparities in health.

Explore:

  • Find out your own risk for diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis at Your Disease Risk. This online assessment tool also offers tips for reducing your risk through lifestyle and environmental changes and screenings.
  • Visit the Healthy People 2020 website to learn more about the federal initiative’s health priorities, which include improving access to health and preventative services, addressing obesity, and reducing tobacco use. You can also search and view data on the progress toward these goals.
  • Explore how other communities are addressing chronic and infectious diseases and improving health through the Healthy Communities Navigator. When searching by location or topic, be sure to click on “Stories” to view details and outcomes.
  • Check out how Missouri stacks up in terms of key health indicators, from hypertension and diabetes rates to fruit and vegetable consumption.
  • Learn more about the role of community health workers in addressing chronic and infectious diseases in this policy brief.
  • If you’re an employer, HR professional, or manager, learn how you can improve health and wellness for your organization’s employees using the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard.
  • View the latest State of Obesity reports, and learn how the Let’s Move campaign is working to address this epidemic among our nation’s youth.
  • Operation Food Search offers a number of educational presentations and cooking demonstrations on topics ranging from diabetic-friendly meals to affordable nutrition. Host a presentation at your school, church, community center, or organization.
  • Review the St. Louis County Community Health Improvement Plan and the City of St. Louis Community Health Improvement Plan.
  • Visit the LiveWellSTL website to find resources and events aimed at healthy living; you can also submit events for free.