Healthy City FAQ

Healthy City FAQ

 

 

 

 

 

What is a Healthy City?

A ‘Healthy City’ is one where all resident, regardless of their background, or what neighbourhood they live in, have access to the physical, social, economic and environment conditions that promote health and wellbeing. A healthy city is a place where the healthy choice is not only the easy choice, but the logical choice.

Why is a Healthy City important?

Health statistics in our community show some of the highest rates of chronic disease in the country. This negatively impacts people’s health, wellness, and our economy. It makes good sense for local governments to invest in building environments that make the healthy choice, the easy choice. When everyone has equitable access to programs, services, and conditions that support health, there will be improved health, mental health, inclusion and safety for all.

What does the Healthy City Strategy aim to accomplish?

The Healthy City Strategy will be the City’s long-term plan to improve physical, mental, social and environmental conditions that impact people’s health. It’s about making small changes in our neighbourhoods that work to promote mental and physical health, strengthen capacity and create a sustainable healthy future for all. This will be done by focusing on the six pillars of a Healthy City, and their supported healthy city assets to improve the health and wellness of everyone.

Who should be involved?

This initiative needs support and input from various disciplines, sectors, levels of government and residents from all walks of life. To have a successful Healthy City Strategy we need to collectively work together toward one goal – making St. John’s healthier for everyone.

How can I get involved?

If you or someone you know is working to improve the health of our city, connect with us by email at healthycommunities@stjohns.ca.