Health Begins in Our Communities
Imagine a place where everyone has access to the opportunities they need for good health. A healthy local food system. Vibrant neighbourhoods. Beautiful parks and green spaces. Safe options for walking and cycling. A strong sense of community. Healthy communities strive to make these things available to all.
Innovative cities, towns and villages throughout Ontario and around the world are implementing effective policies and programs that improve community health. The healthy communities movement was initiated in Canada in 1986 with the creation of the Ottawa Charter and grew into an international movement through the World Health Organization’s Healthy Settings initiative. Public health units recognize the importance of living environments in improving health and preventing illness, and work across Ontario to build the capacity of municipalities, non-profit agencies, and groups to grow communities that provide opportunities for healthy living. To learn more about what is being achieved throughout the province visit HC Link.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health brings this movement to our region by working together with local communities as they strive to become leaders in creating healthy places for people to live, learn, work and play. When we work together to create communities where healthy eating and active living is easy and accessible, the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the community improves.
The underlying emphasis of our work is to ensure Health for All – that is to strive for every community in our region to offer all residents equitable opportunities to eat healthy food and be physically active every day. Watch our video below to learn how your community or organization can become involved.
Health in All Policies
Health in All Policies is an approach to policy making that is fundamental to building a healthy community. It is a collaborative approach to decision-making where:
- Governments share responsibility and work across sectors to support the health of a community.
- Community leaders, businesses, interest groups and residents place value on health for all.
- Combined efforts create synergy for achieving mutual benefits.
The Partnership is encouraging municipalities, organizations, and community groups to consider health in policy making. Please sign our Healthy Communities Declaration to show your support.