This article was last updated on May 5, 2020.
Did you know your ZIP code may affect your health more than your genetic code?
Picture your perfect community. Maybe it’s the one out your window, but maybe there’s some room for improvement. Do you see residents having greater access to fruits and veggies? Do you see your town as somewhere that is easily walkable? Do you see people connecting more — and not through virtual connections?
Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark wants to help make that vision a reality. Using evidence-based tactics, Healthy Hometown is a way to make your community an even better place to live, work and play. At no cost, Healthy Hometown experts help communities just like yours make the healthy choice the easy choice.
So, what does that mean? It means making it easier to walk or bike to the places you usually visit. It means making healthy food readily and easily available so community members can make health recipes, like a high-fiber smoothie or garlic chicken and vegetables. It means creating a sense of community and belonging.
Communities can’t change habits, but they can guide residents to create better habits.
Imagine the possibilities. Healthy Hometown can help make them happen.
- It starts small. Some trees are planted.
- Bike lanes added. Speed limits slow.
- People get out and about.
- Slowly, but surely positive changes are taking effect.
- Farmers’ markets pop up.
- People experience fresh food and a sense of community. It’s all possible.
- And, there's a spot for your town.
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