Tips for Healthy Living in a Community

Most people are not aware that the environment has an impact on their health and mortality. One of the most important things that is determined by the area in which you live, is the safety of your drinking water, accessibility to nutrition and one’s outdoor activities. The air we breathe is also a determining factor in the length of our lives.

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Studies have shown that bout 30% of deaths in the United States were attributed to the environment and accessibility to basic services. The study concluded that those who reside in communities where healthcare is not readily available, with unsafe living conditions are more likely to suffer illness and inevitably die prematurely.

How can you live healthy in a community?

Harvest your own vegetation

Fresh fruits and vegetables are luxuries that are not often appreciated. This is one way for people to ensure that their crop is not injected with pesticides that are also ozone-depleting. Many people believe that these pesticides are the reason that many people are not living longer. Another benefit is that you will have everything you need in your backyard which means less traveling which also has a positive effect on the environment. If it is not possible to farm in the community living spaces near you then you and your friends can opt to purchase a bulk membership at your local market.

Try to commute by walking or biking

Physical activity is very important for one’s growth and development and also to keep fit and healthy. Studies have shown that every hour that one spends in their car contributes 6% to the odds of them becoming overweight. In your community, you can ensure that more walkways and bike zones are available so that people may consider the healthier option.

Test the tap water

Many areas contain water that contains lead, and fresh drinking water is an important part of everyone’s diet. You can get your tap water tested by the local health department. This can be done together with your community to show solidarity.

Pick up the trash

Litter is not just sore on the eyes, but it is also harmful to the environment and the air that we breathe. Each individual in the community should take responsibility for his own litter. As a community, ensure that litter bins are at convenient places and discarded properly. Things like cigarette buds, beer cans or old tyres can emit bacteria into the air and clog stormwater drains. If there is litter near your community, the members should get together and clean up the area.

Be friendly

Research shows that forming relationships with people around you will make you a healthier person and increase your lifespan. Having a group of people that you can count on and relate to, helps lower stress levels which cause harm to your immune system.

Everyone has a part to play in community living, and each one must be connected and involved in order to ensure that it is beneficial to all occupants.

Kristy Wiggins-Gilbraith
A veteran of the US Navy, Kristy is a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist specializing in degenerative neuro-muscular disease. As an entrepreneur, she is the founder of two companies specializing in natural personal care, the host of her own online radio show, and is a soon to be published author - as well as contributing here on Wisely Organic.

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