Get Fit Grand Prairie

Get Fit GP Healthy Heart Month

The City of Grand Prairie and community partners present Get Fit Grand Prairie – a citywide wellness initiative connecting residents to local resources for improving health through physical fitness and healthy food options. Get Fit GP is designed to encourage Grand Prairie residents of all ages to improve their health.

Health Awareness Topic of the Month

August: National Immunization Awareness Month

10 reasons to get vaccinated

  1. Vaccine-preventable diseases have not gone away.
    The viruses and bacteria that cause illness and death still exist and can be passed on to those who are not protected by vaccines. While many diseases are not common in the U.S., global travel makes it easy for diseases to spread.
  2. Vaccines will help keep you healthy.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations throughout your life to protect against many infections. When you skip vaccines, you leave yourself vulnerable to illnesses such as shingles, pneumococcal disease, flu, and HPV and hepatitis B, both leading causes of cancer. 
  3. Vaccines are as important to your overall health as diet and exercise.
    Like eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting regular check-ups, vaccines play a vital role in keeping you healthy. Vaccines are one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available.
  4. Vaccination can mean the difference between life and death.
    Vaccine-preventable infections can be deadly. Every year in the US, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 50,000 adults died from vaccine-preventable diseases.
  5. Vaccines are safe.
    The US has a robust approval process to ensure that all licensed vaccines are safe. Potential side effects associated with vaccines are uncommon and much less severe than the diseases they prevent.
  6. Vaccines cannot cause the diseases they are designed to prevent.
    Vaccines contain either killed or weakened viruses, making it impossible to get the disease from the vaccine.
  7. Young and healthy people can get very sick, too.
    Infants and older adults are at increased risk for serious infections and complications, but vaccine-preventable diseases can strike anyone. If you are young and healthy, getting vaccinated can help you stay that way.
  8. Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive.
    Diseases not only have a direct impact on individuals and their families, but also carry a high price tag for society as a whole, exceeding $10 billion per year. An average flu illness can last up to 15 days, typically with five or six missed work or school days. Adults who get hepatitis A lose an average of one month of work.
  9. When you get sick, your children, grandchildren, and parents may be at risk, too.
    Adults are the most common source of pertussis (whooping cough) infection in infants which can be deadly for babies. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and your family as well as those in your community who may not be able to be vaccinated.
  10. Your family and co-workers need you.
    In the US each year, millions of adults get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases, causing them to miss work and leaving them unable to care for those who depend on them, including their children and/or aging parents. 

Source: nfid.org

 

Join us as a Get Fit GP Partner!

Community organizations and businesses are invited to partner with the City of Grand Prairie's health initiative to help educate and encourage residents to live a healthier lifestyle. Get Fit Grand Prairie is a community-wide wellness initiative that focuses on decreasing childhood obesity and increasing the health of all residents through physical fitness and healthy food options.

Each month the City encourages residents to participate in a healthy activity, such as a community walk, run, or sporting event. Your participation in one or more of these events can boost the level of success for the Get Fit Grand Prairie initiative.

Partnerships will be acknowledged in program brochures, as well as on our Get Fit Grand Prairie website.

Sign up your business/organization to become Get Fit GP partner

If you have any questions, please feel free to email dhernandez@gptx.org, or call 972-237-7594. We thank you for your time and continued support.

Get Fit Community Partners

*Disclaimer: The City of Grand Prairie is pleased to partner with these businesses; however, these companies are separate entities than the City, and participating with them in this project does not necessarily indicate that the City fully endorses their business or product, nor does the City intend to disparage any other similar businesses or products that may not participate in the Get Fit GP program.

Mental Health: C.O.P.E.

The Grand Prairie Police Department’s COPE initiative stands for Community Outreach Partnership and Education. This information-sharing program allows first responders to have immediate access to helpful information that would assist them in a crisis. Our first responders are dedicated to partnering with our citizens with disabilities, and it is our proactive goal to have a program in place to assist. In the event a person is unable to properly identify themselves, or becomes lost/disoriented, or might act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders, this information could be accessed rapidly.

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Diabetes Prevention Program

PreventT2 classes are offered by Dallas County Health & Human Services. The National Diabetes Prevention Program of the CDC has created the PreventT2 program for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention.  

As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes for better health. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress. Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

For more information, view Dallas County's Diabetes Prevention Program information page.

 

 

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Phone: 972-237-8055
Fax: 972-237-8228

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Public Health & Environmental Quality
300 W Main St
2nd Floor
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

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