Whether you realize it or not, the health of your community affects your well-being. Even if you spend a lot of time at work and rarely engage in events in and around your community, the health of your community is important.
Healthy places are defined as those that are “designed and built to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, worship, learn, and play within their borders.” Additionally, residents of a healthy community are free to make choices and have access to a variety of options.
Here are some of the things that make your community a healthy and safe place to live. Does your neighborhood make the grade?Safety Initiatives
Safety initiatives in your community can be anything from a Click It and Ticket campaign or an emergency preparedness program. These initiatives exist to keep individual communities safer but can extend into statewide efforts.
The best way to find out which safety initiatives exist is by checking your city’s website, the community calendar, or attending events and meetings throughout your community.Community Involvement
A healthy community encourages its members to get involved, give feedback, and voice concerns. Whether you attend a city council meeting or become part of a fundraising event, your involvement in the community is encouraged, and you’re likely to benefit from the good things that come from getting involved.Eliminating and Reversing Poorly Planned Growth
For decades, communities across the U.S. were headed in a dangerous and unhealthy direction because of poorly planned growth. While many communities have vanished and some have reached the point of no return, many have been able to reverse some bad decisions and revitalize a community.
What are some examples of poorly planned growth? The disappearance of farmlands and nature preserves are aspects of poorly planned growth. An unhealthy community has limited affordable housing, traffic congestion, and water quality issues. It’s never too late for a community to take steps to reverse some of the damage that’s already been done.Employers and Businesses Being Proactive
Employers and businesses throughout a healthy community make “greener” choices, value workplace safety, and implement healthy programs within the workplace, such as incentives and rewards for employees.A Healthy Community Starts at Home
Don’t know how you can personally make a difference in making your community a healthier place? Encourage and participate in safety initiatives. Be part of a committee that welcomes new residents into your neighborhood. Become active in your neighborhood watch program.
Recycle, compost, collect rainwater and grow your own food at a community garden plot or in your own backyard. Drive less, bike more. Make your home more energy efficient and check for lead and radon. Support businesses in your community before shopping at big box stores. Attend celebrations and other events.
Even though you’re just one person, the health of your community benefits from the choices that you and your family make. Do good, be healthy, and inspire others in your community to do the same.
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