Take Charge of Your Own Health!

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Take Charge of Your Own Health!

How do you want to feel?

How do you want to live?

Self-determination means you make the decisions about what you want to do in life. Self-determination is important for your health, too.

Every day, you can make healthy choices that make you feel good and help you live the way you want. Unhealthy choices can make you feel bad — even though they feel good at the time!

[Logo for Kansas Disability and Health Program with tagline: Kansans with disabilities can be healthy!]

[The infographic is divided into two sides. One side lists healthy choices and results of those choices and the other lists unhealthy choices and results. The color green is used to headline the healthy choices while red is used to headline the unhealthy choices.]

Healthy Choice

[icon of carrot and broccoli] Eat fruits and vegetables every day
[icon of person lifting a weight] Exercise every day
[icon of filled water glass with drop of water above] Drink water every day
[icon of smiling tooth holding toothbrush and dental mirror] Brush teeth twice daily
[icon for no smoking – cigarette inside circle with slash mark over it.] Don’t smoke or chew tobacco (call a friend, walk, read)

How Healthy Choices Can Change Your Life

[icon of smiling male]
•          Lose weight
•          Maintain a healthy weight
•          Feel energetic
•          Feel strong
•          Sleep better
•          Have good digestion
•          Have healthy teeth and gums
•          Have healthy skin
•          Have a healthy heart
•          Have healthy lungs

Unhealthy Choice

[icon of French fries] Eat foods with lots of fat, sugar and salt (like cookies, chips, and hot dogs)
[icon of person watching TV] Don’t exercise
[icon of soda can] Drink soda or pop most of the time
[icon of broken tooth with a frowning face] Don’t brush teeth
[icon of hand holding a lit cigarette] Smoke or chew tobacco

How Unhealthy Choices Can Change Your Life

[icon of frowning female]
•          Gain weight
•          Feel tired
•          Feel sick
•          Take lots of medicine (for diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic condition)
•          Be in a hospital, nursing facility or emergency room
•          Have dental problems like sore mouth, bleeding gums or pain with chewing
•          Lose teeth
•          Cough a lot
•          Get cancer

This infographic was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number DD000006 from CDC, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability and Health Branch. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC, NCBDDD, Disability and Health Branch.

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In order to live a healthy lifestyle, you might need to create healthy new habits. These websites give information that can help you make good choices.

Area of Health I’d Like to Improve

Program Title

Online Link



Food and Nutrition

SNAP Retail Food Stores – “Am I Eligible for SNAP?”


Tells how to get SNAP benefits. (SNAP = Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)


USDA SNAP –“What Can SNAP buy?”


Tells what you can and cannot buy with SNAP benefits.

Kansas Department for Children and Families - Food Assistance


Gives information for the Kansas Food Assistance Program, which helps elderly and low-income households in Kansas.

USDA – “Eat Right When Money’s Tight” Fact Sheet


How to shop for healthy foods on a budget.


Maine SNAP-Ed: Healthy Recipes


Has healthy recipes and videos about how to cook using foods available through SNAP.

Save More at the Store - ChooseMyPlate.gov


Ideas for saving money while grocery shopping.


NCHPAD Discover Accessible Fitness


Gives information on accessible exercise and equipment. 

Oral Health

Oral Health Kansas - Finding a Dentist


Lists places to get dental care for people in Kansas who have low income or no dental insurance.


Stop Smoking

CDC - Tips From Former Smokers


Has tips, stories and videos from people who have stopped smoking.

Kansas Tobacco Quitline


Offers free help to those who are trying to quit using tobacco.

For more information, contact:
Kim Bruns
DHP Program Coordinator
The University of Kansas
Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies
1000 Sunnyside Rd.
3099 Dole Center
Lawrence, KS 66045


COVID-19 Resources

We have compiled resources to help you stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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