Improving Community Health 

It’s Community Health Improvement Week! The Association for Community Health Improvement sponsors this week every year as a way to show appreciation for the wonderful medical providers who take care of the towns and neighborhoods across this country.  We want to thank each and every health professional in our area for their passion for and dedication to serving western Kentucky. And, to help them out, we’re suggesting a few ways you can promote health and fitness in your community.

 

Establish education programs in libraries.

Host health-centered programs in your local libraries that encourage good habits, like nutritious eating and frequent exercise.

 

Organize a health fair.

Make education fun! Plan a health fair for the town and set up games and booths that emphasize the importance of nutrition an exercise. You can also offer free health screenings and immunizations.

 

Start community gardens.

Fresh vegetables can do wonders for your body, but not everyone has the time or space to grow them. That’s why neighborhoods are coming together to share the work in community gardens. These gardens give people living in urban or suburban areas space for growing, and they lighten the burden of tending plants because multiple people can pitch in.

 

Organize vegetable swaps.

Those growing produce in their backyards would love to sample vegetables from other gardens. An exchange would give neighbors a chance to diversify their produce and get rid of excess crops.

 

Make your town more amenable to walking and cycling.

Talk to city officials about adding walking and biking trails to your community and keeping the sidewalks maintained. This will encourage a more active local culture. You could also advocate for the installation of bike racks around town.

 

Encourage interaction.

Plan simple neighborhood events for the sole purpose of increasing the general sense of community. Friendships can have a significant impact on a person’s health and well-being. They can ease stress levels and help people cope with various types of trauma. That’s why get-togethers can improve health—even if the events have nothing to do with nutrition or exercise.