What Makes a Community Healthy?
There are many factors that affect people’s physical, mental, social and financial well-being, which in turn affect their health. Having access to the following things helps reduce obesity, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer, and makes a community healthy:
- grocery stores selling healthy foods, and farmers’ markets
- parks, playgrounds and other places to be active outside
- safe walkable streets
- public transportation
- neighbors who know each other
There are other factors that are also important to the health of communities including the condition of housing and schools, the location of businesses, the connection to jobs paying living wages, a thriving commercial sector that employs local residents, and businesses that serve the neighborhood.