Strategies & Goals

Healthy Eating & Active Living

Where people live, work, worship and play significantly impacts their health.

Planting a garden

People thrive when they live in communities with parks and playgrounds, with corner and grocery stores selling nutritious food. Without a healthy environment, people are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases including diabetes, asthma, obesity, and heart disease. A healthy environment can also enhance mental health, community connections, and safety.

Healthy Eating is the availability and affordability of fresh, healthy foods in communities, schools, workplaces, and places of worship, regardless of income and geographic location. Active Living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. Not all places have equal access to environments where healthy choices are available. Some neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces foster health more effectively than others. As a result, low-income communities and communities of color suffer disproportionally from poor environments and the resulting poor health.