“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.
With the holiday season around, it is easy to forget how to maintain a healthy lifestyle! So take this time of the year to review what you can do to improve your overall health. Also, it’s a good time to think about what kind of health goals you want to achieve now and in the future. But don’t worry, it is easier than you think. Here are 5 easy steps you can do to stay active and healthy:
Work out on a schedule! If you already have a work out schedule, try your best to stick with it. In this way, your body and mind will get use to it. Consistency is key to keeping your body healthy and active! But if you don’t have one yet, try to work out or go to the gym as often as you can. Then find the proper time that you are available each week to work out and try to stick with that schedule!
Stay warm! It is colder around this month with the snow and windchill, so make sure to protect yourself with appropriate clothing. If your body temperature drops, you can get ill or even frostbites! Ouch, nobody would want that!
Keep yourself healthy with healthy habits! Little things that you may do will affect your overall health and it is very important that you try to keep your life balanced. In between work, free time, sleep, being sanitary, and other things, being able to manage them will reduce your stress level!
Talk with friends and family! This is the season of gathering so not discuss things with your loved ones? It can help you destress, get to know people better, and you can learn new things. Having a social life is part of a healthy lifestyle!
Join a community event! It can help you stay active physically and socially! Whether it is a marathon, a fundraiser, or a social gathering, it is a great way for you to interact with your community.
Help support your local farmers and small business owners by going to your local farmers market this summer! This week is National Farmers Week and it is from August 2-8. Take advantage of locally grown foods that are cheap and healthy. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the farmers market.
Find where your local farmers market are. It’s most likely that your area will have more than one spot for farmers and sellers to sell their produces and products. So do your research and go to multiple spots to find your favorite farmers market.
You’re supporting the local economy! You are helping out others while getting great things in exchange. Farmers market often have better produces/products at a lower price than groceries.
Shop with family, friends, and get to know your community. It is a great way to interact with people from your community and learn more about the available businesses around your area.
Eat yummy foods! There will be food stalls that are not offered somewhere else and could be unique only to those certain areas. So explore new flavors and have fun trying new foods from all kinds of backgrounds.