There are many ways you can make healthy changes in your community. Everyone has a special way to contribute and even the smallest action can make a big difference!
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Here are a few ways you can take action to make your community a healthier place to live.
As you get involved, you need to decide what changes you want to see in your neighborhood. Here’s how:
- Talk to your kids, family, neighbors, or co-workers. Find out what healthy changes they’d like to see happen in your community. Use the
Checklists and Assessment tools in the Helpful Tools (on the right) to help.
Decide what you want to do. Pick one thing that all of you want to change to help your community be healthier. Here are some examples:
- Ask your store to offer quality fruits and vegetables at a low cost.
- Start a local farmers’ market.
- Work with your schools to get after-hours and weekend access to parks, play yards, and/or gyms.
- Get healthier food items in your office vending machines or cafeteria.
Create a vision. Together with your team, write a clear statement that describes the change you would like to see. Here are some examples:
- We want affordable fresh fruits and vegetables at our local store.
- We want to see a farmer's market in our neighborhood.
- We want our children to have safe places to walk and play.
- We want healthy snack options at work.
Make a plan to fulfill your vision. Write down the steps it will take to create the positive change you want to see.
Encourage Others to Join. Once you identify your vision and plan, involve others who can help.
Involve the community. Bring in other people—like community leaders, local business owners, and local government agencies—who can help you solve the problem. (HINT:
Find local agencies in your area who can help.)
Talk to decision-makers. If appropriate, let your community leaders know about the issue. Share your ideas and solutions with them. Let them know how they can help make these healthy changes happen.