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. đź™‚
Raspberries from my shopping trip, yum!…
Posted on October 28, 2014, in Program Ideas and tagged Community Assessment, Faith Communities, Faith Community Nursing, Health, Health Ministry, holistic, Whole Person Health, Wholistic. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.