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Healthy, safe lifestyles can make a huge difference in one’s life. Most premature deaths in our area are due to either chronic diseases and/or injuries. These are often preventable. For example, a healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent heart disease and cancer. Using a seat belt or wearing a bike helmet can help prevent serious or fatal injuries from collisions or falls. Chronic diseases and injuries, if not fatal, can also impact one’s quality of life. For example, heart disease may limit the type of job or activity someone can engage in. An injury can mean hospital stays and days off of work. The information in this section is designed to help you achieve a healthy, safe lifestyle.