The most important things you need to know about your health may not be as obvious as you think. A community’s prosperity can be increased by improving health and wellness. Business, education, healthcare, government and community stakeholders must work together to create prosperous, inclusive and sustainable communities that are great places to live, learn, work and play. Consider what health equals:
1.FOOD ON THE TABLE AND A PLACE TO CALL HOME.
Having access to healthy, safe, and affordable food and housing is essential to being healthy. Access to food and shelter makes a difference.
2. A REWARDING JOB WITH A LIVING WAGE.
Little control at work, high stress, low pay, or unemployment all contribute to poor health. Your job makes a difference.
3. HAVING OPTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES.
The thing that contributes most to your health is how much money you have. More money means having more opportunities to be healthy. Money makes a difference.
4. A GOOD START IN LIFE.
Prenatal and childhood experiences set the stage for lifelong health and well-being. Your childhood makes a difference.
5. COMMUNITY BELONGING.
A community that offers support, respect, and opportunities to participate helps us all be healthy. Your sense of belonging makes a difference.
adapted from: chathamdailynews.ca/ur/story/954562