Health Starts Where We Live, Learn, Work and Play

Healthy choices should be convenient choices for everyone in Western Washington. That’s why Pierce County medical providers are helping families live healthier lives, through programs and services in medical clinics and hospitals throughout our communities.

Tacoma health care quality comes down to access, affordability and outcomes. Out of 39 counties in Washington, Pierce County ranks 24 for health outcomes, 26 for health factors, and 33 for healthy behaviors. Research indicates that a healthy lifestyle may prevent up to 70 percent of common life-threatening diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

Since 2005, Pierce County Gets Fit & Healthy, a countywide initiative to promote the importance of healthy eating and active living, has provided tools to help everyone get fit and healthy. It is a major collaborative effort, led by the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Best of all, it’s easy to participate. Whatever your health challenge, whatever your fitness goals, Pierce County Gets Fit & Healthy has something for you.

Sure, healthy living is a long-term commitment, but there are steps you can take right now that will make you healthier today than yesterday and pave the way for healthy living tomorrow. Since Pierce County has 50 park sites totaling over 4,200 acres, why not find a walking buddy and get out on one of many walking trails right away? Not sure where to start? Check out the handy walking guide for beginners listed at right.

Health Care Resources
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YMCA
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Hospitals washington.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,hospital,scfips,53053.cfm

Medical Clinics
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Emergency Services
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Centers/Resources
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Caregiver Support
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Parent Help 123
parenthelp123.org

Maternal Child Outreach
tpchd.org/healthy-people/family-health/expectant-mothers

Community Health Care
commhealth.org

Children With Special Health Care Needs
tpchd.org/healthy-people/family-health/children-with-special-healthcare-needs

Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department
tpchd.org

Walking Guide
tpchd.org/healthy-people/physical-activity/walking-guide