We often think about health in terms of how we can help ourselves. However, imagine if you were able to improve the wellbeing of your entire community. What would that mean to people, and you personally? Quite a lot, no doubt.
But how do you actually go about it? That’s the topic to which we turn in this post. Check out our ideas below.
Practice Healthy Habits With Your Kids
Whenever you want to make a change in the world, it’s a good idea to start at home with yourself and your family. Before you go out and tell other people what they should eat and how much they should exercise, make sure that you start getting things right in your own home.
Begin with yourself and your kids. Make sure that everyone gets enough sleep, at least two hours of time for recreation each day, and an hour of activity. Ban sugary drinks outright.
Get Involved With School Health Activities
Celebrated physician, Michael Rashid, says that health inequality in the US may be getting worse on most metrics. Therefore, it's a good idea to get involved in local school health initiatives and support their efforts to improve the health of the community.
These events can actually be a lot of fun for both the adults and the children. Encourage everyone to choose healthy food options and come up with ideas to support local wellness. Give people ideas that they can then take home with them and share with their families.
Find Out How Local Officials’ Decisions Are Affecting The Local Health Environment
When local officials tinker with public policy, they may inadvertently change the health environment of the community. For instance, allowing new fast food restaurants into the area can sometimes push out regular grocers, denying people access to healthy food.
They may also encourage certain companies to the area that pollutes the local environment. These may then have knock-on effects on child health and fertility.
If you notice that officials are making decisions that aren’t in the health interests of the community, push back. Suggest better policies and join with local people to institute change.
Seek Out Volunteer Opportunities That Help Kids Be More Active
Another option is to seek opportunities to help kids become more active. Organizations, such as the United Way, provide all sorts of programs designed to help kids get fit and active, and educate them about their health. What’s more, they tackle things like mental health which can sometimes be left out by other initiatives.
Start A Local Garden
Every community needs a garden. It’s essential for the health of the area. Gardens aren’t just nice places to walk around; you can also grow food in them too. They can be places children go to learn where their food comes from, how it grows, and why it is good for them.
Kids love growing plants to eat. If you show them what to do, they’ll follow your lead and grow crops on the land.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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