Wichita Falls Health District trying to change bad health habits

Wichita Falls Health District trying to change bad health habits

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Several health organizations, including Wichita Falls Health District, are all part of the Healthiest City Challenge.

They released several billboard ads and commercials bringing awareness on how to better one's health.

One of the organizers said the loss of her father to colon cancer motivated her to inform others about health issues.

Laci Edwards, Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition Health Educator, said her father always helped others and she wants to follow in his footsteps.

"He was not able to catch his on time," Edwards said. "Oh, I'm going to get sad."

Edwards said consistently getting checkups can save your life.

"If my father would've gone tested early if he would've known his numbers and really gone for his checkups, then we could've caught it," Edwards said. "That's the reason he passed so quickly because we were unable to catch it."

Sadly like her father, she said, many people wait until it's too late to take their health seriously.

"They had to have their leg amputated," Edwards said. "Their diabetes was so out of control that they had to have an amputation and that's what's it took for them to go 'Oh! I need to start taking health classes now.'"

She said she understands it may be difficult to change your health habits. She was a former smoker for almost 20 years and said her family is motivation enough to never light up again.

"I would never want to go back," Edwards said. "I want to be here for as long as I can. I want to be able to see grandchildren. I want to be independent."

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