A Healthier Independence

Building a Healthier Independence (BHI) is an initiative of the Independence Health Department. The Health Department is a part of multiple projects to promote healthy eating, active living, and a tobacco-free lifestyle. BHI makes it easier and safer for our citizens to be physically active, make healthy food choices, and reduce tobacco consumption. This is accomplished through partnerships with multiple city departments and local community partners.


Like us on Facebook (Independence, Missouri Health Department) and follow us on Twitter (@IndepHealthDept) to stay up to date on BHI activities!

What is Public Health?

Public Health 2016 from City of Independence, MO on Vimeo.


Registration is open for the FREE 7th Annual Independence Park Trot! The Park Trot is scheduled rain or shine for Saturday, April 28 at 8 a.m. Register today at www.independenceparktrot.com. See flyer for more details! NEW course this year! Come check it out.

Don't think you're quite ready for a 5K? Fear not! Join the Independence Health Department in their FREE Couch to 5K program to prepare you to walk or run in the Park Trot! Come walk/run with Health Department staff, meet your community, and train for the Independence Park Trot 5K through weekly walks/runs. Each week the walks/runs get longer and more fun! See the flyer or call 816-325-7185 for more information! See the full Couch to 5K calendar here


Physical Activity

Building a Healthier Independence (BHI) is working to make it easier and safer to be physically active. Get out and be active!

Get Movin’! 

Walk, run, and bike at a variety of city trails and parks. Checkout this trail guide or check out the Get Healthy Independence Mobile App to find a location near you!

Building a Healthier Independence Commercial 2014 from City of Independence, MO on Vimeo.

Track your Missouri Miles with 100 Missouri Miles. Go to www.100missourimiles.com to sign-up and log your miles now through the end of the year! Join the 27,990 Missourians who have logged 5,667,638 miles and help keep Missouri active!

Take steps toward being active through “The Mile Starts Here” program! All activities are free, open to the community and offer great opportunities to meet other people. See The Mile Starts Here 2018 schedule to see how you can join in the fun!

The Mile Starts Here is now on Facebook!

BHI The Mile Starts Here from City of Independence, MO on Vimeo.

Also, check out the Sermon Center workout facilities. New equipment and fitness classes for all. Contact us to find out how to get a reduced-rate membership!

Click here to review the final document of the Health Impact Assessment that was completed to assess the sidewalks and the walkability of Northwest Independence! 

Have children? Work at a school or live in a neighborhood surrounding a school? Find out how to start a walking school bus program. Contact us if you are interested!

The Independence Health Department was one of 50 winners in the Play Everywhere Challenge, which aims to bring active play opportunities to low income children and their families. On October 27, 2016, Independence Health Department, along with various agencies and partners hosted a kick-off event at Hawthorne Place Apartments. Check out our video from the event kick-off!  

KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Ribbon Cutting - October 2016 from City of Independence, MO on Vimeo.




Healthy Food Locations


Community Gardens:

White Oak Community Garden
136 N White Oak Ave (West of Community Services League building)
Independence, MO 64050
Contact: Selena Good, (816) 325-7187
Open to the community

Habitat for Humanity Garden
505 N Dodgion St
Independence, MO 64050
Contact: Christine Williams, 816-230-0007
Open to the community

Hy-Vee Community Garden
4545 S Noland Rd
Independence, MO 64055
Contact: Teequa Knapp, 816-478-7090
Open to the community

Resident Gardens: 

The Groves
1515 W White Oak St
Independence, MO 64050
Open to residents at The Groves

Hawthorne Community Garden
16995 Dover Lane
Independence, MO 64056
Open to residents of Hawthorne neighborhood

Fairmount Plaza Garden
615 N Huttig Ave
Independence, MO 64053
Open to residents of Fairmount Plaza

Mount Washington Apartments
570 S Evanston Ave
Independence, MO 64053
Open to the residents of Mount Washington 



For more information, or community resources, regarding Community Gardens and how to reserve your gardening bed, call the Independence Health Department at (816) 325-7187.


Independence Square
NW Corner of Liberty & Walnut St
Independence, MO 64050

Drumm Farm
3210 Lee’s Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055

Healthy Food Choices

The Building a Healthier Independence (BHI) initiative works to increase the accessibility and availability of healthy foods to our citizens. To accomplish these goals, BHI works with local farmers' markets and community gardens to bring fresh and local produce to the community. BHI also works to combat the obesity epidemic by encouraging healthier food choices at both work and play!  

Shop Local! 

The Independence Farmers' and Crafters' Market is now online! Visit www.independencemofarmersmarket.com for more information about the market!

The Farmers' Market accepts SNAP/EBT and is part of the Double Up Food Bucks Program where you can double your produce money at the Farmers' Market! Spend $5 of your SNAP benefit and receive $10 for produce at the market!

Double your SNAP benefits at the Independence Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market from City of Independence, MO on Vimeo.










Building a Healthier Independence (BHI) is working to reduce tobacco usage in Independence by increasing awareness and working with community members on local policies.  


Live a tobacco-free life!


March 1 marked the one year anniversary of Independence adopting a Tobacco 21 ordinance and becoming a Tobacco 21 city. The Independence Health Department took the lessons they learned from this process and the steps they went through to pass the ordinance and created a toolkit to walk other cities through the steps. Click here to check out the toolkit or call the Independence Health Department at 816-325-7185 if you would like a copy of the toolkit. 

Second-hand smoke is responsible for over 47,000 deaths each year in the United States.  Work with us to make your business smoke-free!  Click here for sample policies and tools to make your business campus smoke-free or email us today.

Did you know that all Independence parks are smoke-free?  Find out more about the policy and enjoy a fun and healthy time at a park today!

Take a look at what Independence Health Department is doing on the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge! The Independence Health Department is partnering with private housing complexes to encourage them to adopt a smoke-free multi-unit housing policy. The Independence Smoke-Free Housing Program will provide education and resources on how to implement a smoke-free policy and the advantages of incorporating smoke-free living among multi-unit housing complexes. Do you live in an apartment and wish that the complex was smoke-free?  We can help! Email us to get started.For more information, please contact the Health Department at 816-325-7182. 

The Independence Health Department is proud to partner with the Independence Fire Department on the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge. 

Independence High School youth are proud to be tobacco-free! One of the Building a Healthy Independence goals is to reduce tobacco initiation within Independence. 

Check out the videos below of Independence School District students leading the way to stop the initiation of tobacco products among their peers. Way to go Tobacco Free Missouri Youth, the William Chrisman Ace Club, Truman STUCO, and Van Horn Girl Scouts!

Check out what's going on in Independence this month.

Healthier Independence Events

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City of Independence Health Department
Disease Prevention and Control

515 S. Liberty
Independence, MO 64050

Administrative Offices

Phone : (816) 325-7185
Fax : (816) 325-7098
E-mail : health@indepmo.org