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Your Disease Risk is dedicated to helping you lower your personal risk of diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. However, there are also many things you can do to help prevent these types of diseases in your community. After all, it takes more than personal motivation to live a healthy life. Your physical and social surroundings can also affect the way you live. For example, you might be more likely to walk for exercise if your neighborhood has sidewalks and to eat healthy foods if they're offered in your workplace.

This part of Your Disease Risk offers tips on the many ways you can get involved in your community to support healthy lifestyles. It’s estimated that at least half of all cancers and over 75 percent of heart disease and diabetes cases could be avoided if we all made healthy changes in our everyday lives. By taking some of the steps offered here, you can help improve not only your own health but also the health of your neighbors, family, and friends. See the topics below for specific ideas on how to take action in your community.

Reduce Tobacco Use
Promote Physical Activity
Support Healthy Weight Management
Promote Healthy Eating
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Reduce Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Promote Skin Protection

Click here for general resources on promoting cancer prevention in your community.