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Our health is shaped by ourcommunity. And many factorsinfluence health, ranging fromhow we get around and ourcircle of family and friends toour work and our education.
For example, you maywant to walk more, but whatif your neighbourhood hasfew sidewalks? You’d like toeat more vegetables andfruits, but can’t afford themor can’t grow them. Some ofthese influences are largerthan one person can changeon their own.
The healthier yourcommunity is the more it canhelp you and your neighboursto reach health goals.
The Healthy CommunitiesApproach is givingcommunities tools to buildbetter health. The approachoriginated in Canada and wasadopted by the World HealthOrganization decades ago.Since then, it has been usedaround the world, includingin four Canadian provinces.
The Healthy Communities
Approach builds the capacity
of individuals, organizations
and whole communities to
make healthy places and
social spaces. The guiding
principle is that communities
themselves shape the
direction of their future, and
create their own unique plan
The approach also
helps communities get
involved, add resources,
work together and get public
and political support. It
means having conversations
with many people and
This takes time. The goalis to work together fora common purpose:community enhancement.
Communities and thepeople within them knowtheir history and theirstrengths, and can envisiona healthy future for theircommunity. With additionaltools and resources to accessand understand data andevidence of what works,taking action becomesa whole lot easier. |a
Understanding the influences Communities play a huge role in shaping your, your neighbours’
and your community’s health.