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A healthy community is a place or group in which people work together to:

  • Make it easier to be physically active, eat healthy, and get needed health care and support
  • Protect people from exposures and hazards that cause illness, injury, and trauma
  • Build spaces and places that promote connection with others
  • Assure equal opportunities for health and well being

Building healthy communities is a process of people working together to create conditions in which all people have opportunities for optimal health and well-being. This requires leadership and a commitment to improving conditions for healthy living for all members of the community.