Health equity is a necessary condition in the pursuit of meaningful health outcomes for individuals and society. The health of communities, and the nation, is unattainable without equitable access to the conditions that favor health and the ability to propitiously influence those conditions – what some refer to as civic muscle. Now, more than ever, we are aware of the importance of community-defined needs and community-driven action to improve health and well-being.
Maintaining a healthy eating routine is a lifelong pursuit with immense consequence. Despite the critical role that proper nutrition plays in maintaining overall health and well-being, typical American dietary patterns don’t align with the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. Fortunately, there are some basic steps we can all take toward better maintaining a healthy eating routine.
The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) serves a racially and ethnically diverse population of over 2 million residents in Southern Nevada. SNHD was 1 of 2 lead organizations during the first year of Move Your Way pilot testing and worked with a number of partners to successfully implement the campaign for people in Clark County, NV. When returning as a community pilot organization in 2021, SNHD capitalized on their prior work to help get Spanish-speaking residents moving.
The old adage should always apply: Treat the person and not the disease. Preventing, identifying, and treating hypertension should be about much more than just measuring blood pressure and prescribing medicine. Instead, addressing high blood pressure should be an exemplar of comprehensive, person-centered care — promoting greater overall health, well-being, and personal resilience.