Local Matters for Healthy Lifestyles
Posted by Joe Antle on January 25, 2018 5:05 AM EST
A couple of articles in my favorite newspaper yesterday reinforced what we know intuitively about health....
...and that is local matters. We know that when it comes to healthcare delivery, local and community access to providers, pharmacies and the like is the key component for healthcare products and services delivery (although online ordering may continue to challenge the value of local as a products delivery priority).
But yesterday's article in The Virginian-Pilot (titled "Is obesity contagious? Study supports the theory") and it's lead editorial (titled "While we waste food, many others waste away") both drove home the point that physical community, where you live and the people you associate with have a big influence on healthy lifestyles adoption. The editorial hammered home the point that we need to get better at distribution of healthy food-so much food is wasted and thrown away that we could feed all the hungry easily if we could find efficient ways to get the food to them and inspire and educate them (dare I say, incent them?) to become much better consumer of healthier food options.
So, somehow, we need to create mechanisms and programs in local communities (not just online communities) to drive this important change forward.