There are resources in every community across the country. Many of these resources are free and can help you in your quest for a healthier life. Information to help your family learn about healthy foods and the importance of physical activity are available, but finding that information requires you to take the initiative to start looking for the answers to the questions you have.
Where to Begin
Identify what it is you are trying to achieve. It will probably be something like, “better health for my family.” And then identify what it is that is standing between you and that goal. That could be a lack of physical activity or maybe a lack of healthy foods. Now ask specific questions on how to overcome these obstacles: Where can I get affordable fruits and veggies in my community? How do I get started with an exercise program? How do I keep my family motivated?
Use Your Community
Your community contains a host of resources that can help answer your questions on being healthier. These resources are local and can be built into your daily life and keep you on track for a healthy lifestyle.
- Ask your doctor or local health clinic for information on healthy habits and collect the free materials they have available.
- Go to your local library and access books and online resources that can give you ideas on how to eat healthier and exercise more.
- Use the Internet to research farmer’s markets or community gardens in your area as sources of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Participate in community exercise programs like sports teams or walking clubs.
- Join community groups dedicated to uniting and educating people about healthy lifestyles.
Learn from Other’s Experiences
Many of the people in your community are dealing with the same issues that you are. Talk to them. Engage with other parents, friends, and your own children to find inspiration and ideas for developing a plan that will improve the health of your community. Find a friend who has increased physical activity or a family member who has created healthy eating habits at home and pick their brains. As you educate and are educated by others, you will exchange healthy life experiences that will improve your community as a whole.