An abundance of lakes, miles of trails, acres of parkland and numerous community gardens, make eating right and living fit easier in Eastern Jackson County.

Whether you're looking for a 5K run, a healthy recipe, a trails map or health screenings, is your resource for healthy living right in your own backyard.

More than 65 partners, from the Jackson County Health Department, which hosts this site, to local hospitals, parks departments, community gardens, school districts, cities and nonprofit organizations, have joined together to capture all the area's resources here to help you energize your life.

If you would like to be a partner with and you have a program that helps people in Eastern Jackson County Eat Right or Live Fit, please contact Debbie Starke of Eastland Community Foundation, a leader in charitable giving services.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

The annual Family Health Festival at Saint Luke's East-Lee's Summit offers fun for the entire family, featuring health screenings and information for adults and entertainment for children. For more information, call NurseLine at 816-932-6220.


Make nutrition your top priority. Contact a Hy-Vee dietitian for individual consults, group nutrition and diabetes classes, Girl Scout activities, shopping assistance and more! Check into nutrition services offered by your Lee's Summit East (Rice Road) Hy-Vee dietitian or your Lee's Summit West (Ward Road) Hy-Vee dietitian.

Shop by numbers, the higher the number the more nutritious choice you are making. For more information check out the Hy-Vee NuValTM tool and get ideas for recipes, weekly menus and budget-friendly meal ideas.

Visit Social Suppers with your family to create healthy family meals from fresh ingredients. Freeze the meals at home and cook them when you need dinner fast. Spend more quality time visiting around the dinner table and less time in the kitchen.

Have a picky eater? Want to find out about healthy food choices? Attend the FREE nutritional support group meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at Marian Hope Center for Children's Therapy.

MO Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) webpage includes resources for adults and kids related to good nutrition and physical activity.

One size doesn't fit all. MyPyramid offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you plan/assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Enhance your gardening skills – learn creative ways to prepare healthy foods and more through this year-round collection of classes for all ages. Powell Gardens - 816.697.2600. View full class schedule

Be inspired by our region's top culinary experts during Powell Gardens' Garden Chef Series, 1:30 p.m. most Sundays (during peak season) in the Heartland Harvest Garden. Powell Gardens | 816.697.2600 | View schedule

Drop in the Rice Road Hy-Vee store and check out our classes on crock-pot cooking, low-fat cooking, Spanish cuisine, French cuisine, gluten-free cooking and many more.


Lee's Summit Parents as Teachers' website features healthy recipes and fun nutritious snack ideas for children ages 6 months - PreKindergarten age.

Community Gardens

Visit the nation's largest edible landscape: the Heartland Harvest Garden at Powell Gardens. This "living laboratory" will inspire you to challenge your tastebuds and gather ideas for growing your own delicious, healthy foods. Powell Gardens | 816.697.2600. Visit the website for more info.

Eating from the Garden – education on Saturday mornings in food preparation with fresh locally-grown produce at Blue Springs City Market. The market is at the corner of 11th and Main Streets, across from the police station. - Blue Springs F.I.T.

Fresh produce is available from the Lee's Summit United Methodist Church's Summit Harvest Garden and their partner, Saint Luke's East-Lee's Summit, for community members in need. For more information visit

With 100 school yard gardens and 10 in Independence, alone, there's bound to be a place for you to find garden fresh vegetables. – KC Healthy Kids


Fitness programs

Women in Training at Saint Luke's East-Lee's Summit is a seven-week exercise program for women of all ages and fitness levels. Hear health talks from medical experts, participate in a self-paced walk/run and receive a free heart disease risk assessment with individualized counseling. For more information, go to or search "Women in Training" on

Dance is a fun way to exercise. Blue Springs Parks & Recreation can help you learn to belly dance, line or ballroom dance, tango, cha-cha or waltz. Register online or call 816-228-0137.

Ever wondered how to fence, lift weights or do swimnastics, yoga or Tai Chi? Check them out at Blue Springs Parks & Recreation or call 816-228-0137.

Let our certified personal trainers get you through a program that fits your schedule and needs. Check out personal training available through Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation at Legacy Park Community Center and Gamber Center. Call 816.969.1550 to get started or visit

Instructor-led fitness classes at Legacy Park Community Center or Gamber Center! Check out Tai Chi and weights programs. Classes are FREE for members or can be paid for by individual class or "class pass." - Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation. View fitness schedules.

Sports Performance – Do you have a new or nagging sport related injury, hope to improve your performance or seeking information on starting a new fitness program? Boost your performance at Boost Sports Performance.

The Missouri Bicycle Federation is a coalition of bicycling, walking, running, and trails organizations and businesses representing over 25,000 Missourians and speaking for the 2 million Missourians who bicycle regularly and the 5.8 million who walk. Join the movement!

Leagues & Clubs

Winter Volleyball leagues begin March 6th. To sign up go to Blue Springs Parks & Recreation or call 816-228-0137.

Hands-on fun and active learning for children ages 5-12 during monthly sessions each April through October. Powell Gardens Kids Club | 816.697.2600 x209

Parks and Trails

The City of Blue Springs Parks system is made up of 18 public parks including four undeveloped parks and an 18-hole golf course for a total of 678 acres of park land. To find out about a facility near you go to Parks and facilities or call 816-228-0137. - Blue Springs Parks & Recreation.

Trails are available at many Blue Springs parks. For more information, call (816) 228-0137 or go to Trails and bike paths - Blue Springs Parks & Recreation

Lee's Summit has 27 city parks and over 50 miles of trails running through the community and around lakes. From multi-purpose trails, to bike loops, to mulched nature trails you can find a new adventure each time you explore the great outdoors! Lee's Summit Parks & Trails Map, Legacy Park Trail Map, Legacy Park Disc Golf Course.

Hike the 3.25 Byron Shutz Nature Trail at Powell Gardens for exercise and the chance to learn more about our natural world via interpretative signs along the way. Powell Gardens | 816.697.2600

Wellness Programs

Complete fitness assessment, body fat testing, suggested daily meal plans, grocery lists and personalized workout program through the Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation Healthy Fit Nutrition Program. Call 816.969.1550 to get started or visit

The assists its members in developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles by providing health and wellness resources for any level of fitness, including discounts from area health and wellness providers, local groups and clubs, parks and recreational locations, local events and races, and personal wellness achievement tracking. To learn more go to

Is your business looking for ways to increase employee health and wellness? The 10-week Hy-Vee Begin Program is about learning what to eat, how to eat and when to eat. Begin is a new way of moving. - 10-Week Hy-Vee Begin Program

Learn how to be healthier from Saint Luke's East-Lee's Summit free health presentations ranging from stroke awareness and heart failure to fall prevention and sleep disorders. For more information visit or call NurseLine at 816-932-6220.

Breast Center at St. Mary's Medical Center hosts a support group meeting for breast cancer patients and survivors, the first Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m., in the Education Center at St. Mary's.

Weight management

If you are ready to lose weight and keep it off, attend a seminar to learn about lap-band as a tool for that weight loss. A physician will review the process, procedure and lifestyle changes associated with the procedure. Seminar is free, but registration is required. LS Medical Center | 816-282-LIVE (5483)

If you have already had Lap Band surgery, join the Lap Band Support Group each month for tips to enhance your success and help others who may just be starting their weight loss journey. The group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. - LS Medical Center

Health Risk Assessments

Do you have cramping or discomfort in your calves when you walk? You may have Peripheral Arterial Disease and a higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack! Consult with our staff and receive a free leg screening. The seminar is free, but registration is required. LS Medical Center

Learn about the causes, methods of diagnosis, treatments and risk factors for osteoporosis. Also receive a free bone density screening. Seminar is free, but registration is required. - LS Medical Center

Carotid Stenosis is a condition where thickened deposits line the walls of major arteries of the neck, significantly increasing risk of stroke. Lee's Summit Medical Center is offering a free Doppler screening and consultation to help you determine your risk for this disease. Seminar is free, but registration is required. - LS Medical Center

Your metabolism combined with your daily physical activity determines how many calories your body burns each day. A metabolic measurement will determine how many calories your body needs to meet your specific goals. Please call 816-554-2200 or 816-524-5760 to schedule an appointment. Metabolism Screening and Measurement – Hy-Vee

Fast, reliable cholesterol and blood sugar screenings in 15 minutes that provide a complete printout of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, Triglycerides, TC/HDL ratio and serum glucose. Please call 816-554-2200 or 816-524-5760 to schedule an appointment. Fasting 10 - 12 hours prior to your appointment is required. – Hy-Vee

Fit Kids, Healthy Kids

Don't miss Stuffee's Healthy Habits or Stuffee and the Snack Attack at Paradise Park daily at 2 p.m., Stuffee, a 7-foot doll and healthy habits guru, teaches children about their body and good health habits including how exercise affects the heart and lungs; how eating good foods can be tasty and healthy; and how to choose snacks that are good for you.

Field trips to Paradise Park are always fun, but they can be healthy, too. Check out our nutrition adventure which explores nutrition while applying math and science concepts; fatal vision, which demonstrates how quickly impairment by alcohol or other drugs can turn fun into devastating consequences; and Stuffee's healthy habits where children might create a healthy snack or shop for healthy foods in a pretend store.

The Lee's Summit Parents as Teachers' website features healthy recipes and fun nutritious snack ideas for children ages 6 months - PreKindergarten age.

Score 1 for Health(r) provides free, in-school comprehensive health screenings to children in Raytown and Hickman Mills Elementary Schools. Find a low cost health care provider or services to help children improve their health. – Score1 for Health | 816-283-2410

Hands-on fun and active learning for children ages 5-12 during monthly sessions each April through October. Powell Gardens Kids Club | 816.697.2600 x209

Weighing In is a community collaborative addressing childhood obesity prevention. It is comprised of organizations from healthcare, education, public health, community youth and managed care organizations that come together quarterly to network and share best practices. For more information about the collaborative, please contact

Scouting ProgramsExplore the great outdoors, the power of nutritious food and much more through these themed scouting programs. Powell Gardens | 816.697.2600

Youth Education Programs

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Weight Management Program addresses childhood obesity prevention and treatment with services including evidence-based nutrition and physical activity interventions to assist families in adopting and maintaining a healthier way of life. – Children's Mercy

Six to nine-year-olds will prepare a variety of fun and nutritious dishes while learning basic food preparation principles, including safety and cleanliness. – Lee's Summit Medical Center

Girls on the Run is a program for girls in 3rd-5th grade which teaches them how to make good choices based on who they are rather than who society says they should be. This 24 lesson prevention program also provides girls with the training they need to complete a 5K community event at the end of the 12 week season.

Girls on Track is a program for girls in 6th-8th grade which equips girls with tools they need to make good choices and avoid risky behavior. This 24-lesson prevention program also provides girls with the training they need to complete a 5K community event at the end of the 12 week season.

Want to quit smoking? Get the motivation, information and support you need to quit. – Lee's Summit CARES.

Energy Drinks/Alcohol Energy Drinks – The Facts – Lee's Summit CARES. This program raises awareness of the potentially dangerous effects of heavily caffeinated "Energy Drinks" and Energy Drinks mixed with alcohol (AED's).

RX/OTC Drugs - The Facts - Lee's Summit CARES This program raises awareness of the use of alcohol, tobacco and latest drug trends in the schools.

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

KidsHealth is the #1 most-visited website for children's health and development. There are a Parents, Kids, and Teen area. Each section includes information related to health targeted to the appropriate age group.

MO Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) webpage includes resources for adults and kids related to good nutrition and physical activity.


Whether it's a Gymnastics class, an introduction to martial arts or Smart Start basketball, Blue Springs Parks & Recreation has programs and classes for children of all ages. Register online or call 816-228-0137.


Charitable Giving - Eastland Community Foundation Jackson County Health Department Marion Hope Center Hy-Vee Powell Gardens Truman Medical Center Paradise Park Lee's Summit Medical Center Lee's Summit Cares Weighing In Boost Blue Springs, Missouri Parks & Recreation Girls on the Run Children's Mercy Hospital Score 1