Healthy Communities, Healthy People Legislation
The Healthy Communities, Healthy People Program is a statewide network of community projects working to prevent chronic disease by making the healthy choice the easy choice.
Chronic diseases - such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes - are the leading causes of death and disability in Florida. Although these diseases are among the most common and costly health problems, they are also among the most preventable. Adopting healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods, being physically active, and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or control the devastating effects of these chronic diseases.
The Healthy Communities, Healthy People Program works at both the local and statewide levels to improve Florida's health and quality of life by promoting policy and environmental strategies that complement and support individual and family efforts to make healthy choices. Examples of this include, but are not limited to the following:
Critical to the success of these efforts are partnerships with state and local health and education agencies, voluntary associations, faith-based settings, and other organizations. Together, the Department of Health and its partners are working to create a healthy Florida.
The following success stories record accomplishments that can be attributed to the Healthy Communities, Healthy People Program and the concerted efforts of public and private organizations.
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