Environmental Determinants of Health

How does our environment determine our health? What does it mean for our faith communities?

I’m writing this because I was just out shopping for some healthy snacks to share with my sons’ Cubscouts to teach them about nutrition and meal planning tonight. While in the store, I was bombarded with ads trying to get me to purchase unhealthy foods. “Attention shoppers! our baked goods are fresh out of the oven. Stop by to bring one home.” And I noticed that the bakery has creeped closer to the pharmacy. How does this serve people with diabetes and hypertension who come to the pharmacy to pick up their medications?

While the outside world is largely out of our control, we CAN choose to make our faith communities places that foster health. What environmental factors in your faith community impact the people who worship there…who seek well being of their bodies, minds, and spirits? Look around at gatherings with meals and snacks. What food is present? What isn’t? And what message does this send? Is your faith community providing an environment that supports well being of the body with healthy foods? Food for thought. 🙂

Raspberries from my shopping trip, yum!…


About courtholmes

Nurse Practitioner, Faith Community Nurse, Parish Nurse, Certified Wound Specialist, DNP Student at Quinnipiac University, Social Media Enthusiast... Passionate about integrating faith and health! CT Faith Community Nurses on Twitter @CTFCN

Posted on October 28, 2014, in Program Ideas and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You are so right Courtney, at the pharmacy when you check out the clerk says” Be Well” as they hand you your purchase over the candy counter with the cigarettes on the shelf behind the counter. Talk about a mixed message!


    • I’m happy to see no cigarettes at CVS now. Checking out was a much healthier experience. Great corporate level change! I still see cookies and coffee cake at church though. Granted there are healthy food options too, but it’s still difficult not to pop the donut in my mouth. It takes a long time to change culture. One step at a time.


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