“Community efforts across the country are improving the health of more people by working with groups that include public health professionals, hospitals, local community members, and more.
By Nolan Ly
A lack of access to healthy living opportunities in communities can affect obesity and other preventable chronic diseases. Learn more about community efforts to support healthy eating and active living: http://bit.ly/2knQTvl” – https://www.cdc.gov/
What are the benefits to a active community?
Reduce pollution and trash to the environment
Provide social and economic opportunities for the people of the community to collaborate and develop better relationships
Support social cohesion, events, and activities
What can you do to take part:
Going out to explore and enjoy the community by walking, biking, via other outdoor activities etc., either with yourself, friends, or family members.
Volunteering at a community garden to help grow veggies/fruits for the community and learning more about gardening along the way.
Educate your family, friends, and yourself on recycling, the benefits to it, and how it’s a little step towards making the Earth cleaner.
Volunteer for local parks and recreation centers to support and spread awareness for environmental concerns.
“On November 18, the Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) of the National Association of Counties convened in New York City, bringing together county leaders from across the country to share ideas and develop innovative policy solutions to address their most pressing challenges.
Although they represent just 4 percent of the 3,142 counties in the United States, large urban counties (LUCs) — those with more than 500,000 residents — are home to nearly half of the U.S. population. In other words, as the graphic below illustrates, more than 150 million people live in the 133 LUCs in the United States.
So it is no surprise that these counties are at the forefront of the nation’s shifting demographics. As data in the National Equity Atlas show, the face of America is changing: Just a few years from now, the majority of people under the age of 18 will be youth of color, and by 2044 the United States will be a majority people-of-color nation.” –http://nationalequityatlas.org/
So what can LUCC do to help people develop their fullest potential?
Prioritize in hiring for locals and invest in poorer neighborhoods through providing employment and training opportunities
Require businesses and companies to have equity benchmarks and hold them accountable for delivering it towards people
“Remove barriers to preventive services to improve and safeguard the health of tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and workers.” – http://nationalequityatlas.org/
Ensure that jobs are provided with benefits of health care, paid sick leave, family support, and such.