Healthy Communities FAQ

Healthy Communities FAQ

What is a healthy community?
Why is a healthy community important?
What does a healthy community aim to achieve?
What healthy community factors promote a healthy person?
Who should be involved?
How can I get involved?

What is a healthy community?
A healthy community is a place that supports residents by providing opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles, social connections, and foster inclusion, safety and positive mental health. It’s a place that makes the healthy choice the easy choice where we live, work, and play.
 

Health statistics in our community show the highest rates of chronic disease in the country, which negatively impacts health, wellness and our economy. It makes good sense for local governments to invest in creating environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice and fosters health, mental health, inclusion, and safety of residents in the City of St. John’s.

What does a healthy community aim to achieve?
Healthy Communities is about making small changes in our community environments that consider social, economic and environmental conditions affecting health. Healthy Communities initiatives foster the development of safe, inclusive and sustainable:
•             ways of getting around
•             neighbourhoods that foster health and social connections
•             access to healthy food
•             access to a variety of affordable housing options
•             access to facilities, services, parks and open spaces

What healthy community factors promote a healthy person?

Building blocks of a healthy person

 

Who should be involved?
This initiative needs support and input from various disciplines, sectors, levels of government and local residents from all walks of life. To have a successful Healthy City initiative we need to collectively work together toward one goal – making St. John’s healthier for everyone. 
 
Register for the Healthy Communities newsletter to find out about upcoming events, programs and initiatives happening in your neighbourhood. If you or someone you know is working to improve the health of our city, connect with us by email at healthycommunities@stjohns.ca.