Kansas City fights racial inequities in life expectancy. The average life expectancy for Kansas City residents is 77 years, but it is only 69 years for residents living in zip codes with predominantly people of color and the city's residents have a 15.5-year gap between those living in the zip codes with the highest and lowest life expectancy. In response to this inequity, in 2019, Kansas City launched the Community Health Improvement Plan, which has allowed the Parks Department to offer a free, annual recreation pass to anyone who lives in one of the six zip codes with the lowest life expectancies. This new policy also offers recipients access to fitness classes, as well as a leadership training program. Learn more.
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