All communities deserve opportunities for healthy living, such as better food options, safer streets for walking and biking, more places to play, and more ways for children to be active during and after school.
However, cost, lack of access, and/or a busy modern life can make healthy living difficult. That’s why it’s important to make changes in our communities that can improve health for everyone. This is especially true in African American and Hispanic communities, where higher rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes are common.1,2,3
Fortunately, there are things we can do in our community to make the places where we live, work, learn, and play healthier. Consider these four tips to make healthy living easier:
What does your community deserve? What can you do to affect change in your community? Explore the healthy living resources here on MakingHealthEasier or visit www.cdc.gov/deserve for more information. A full range of materials can be found at http://makinghealtheasier.org/deserve.
 CDC. Diabetes — United States, 2004 and 2008. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2011 Jan 14;60 Suppl:90-3. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6001a20.htm?s_cid=su6001...
 Ujcic-Voortman JK, Schram MT, Jacobs-van der Bruggen MA, Verhoeff AP, Baan CA. Diabetes prevalence and risk factors among ethnic minorities. Eur J Public Health 2009;19(5):511-515. http://eurpub.oxfordjournals.org/content/19/5/511.full
 American Heart Association. American Heart Association Statistical Update. 2013;127: e6-e245. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/127/1/e6.full