Skip Navigation
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Banner

Get Active - Your Source for Reliable Health Information Send a personalized e-card to friends and family

Be Active Your Way Blog

Healthy Communities Means Healthy Opportunities

by NCHPAD October 5, 2010

Women and man with flowers

What is a Healthy Community??  There are many definitions out there, the one here is from the Centers for Disease Control:


“A community that is continuously creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources that enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and in developing to their maximum potential.”

What is your maximum potential?  And how do you reach it?

These questions will probably bring about a variety of answers based on individual needs and abilities.  We all have an individual level of maximum potential and we all need different things in order to achieve that.  Health too is an individual state of being.  We all have an individual state of being that we deem “healthy” or “fit” AND we all need different things in order to achieve that.

So how does a community constantly create and improve the physical and social environment and expand its resources so that everyone can support each other in ALL of life’s functions as well as developing to their own individual maximum potential??

To me a healthy community has the opportunity to obtain proper health care services, the opportunity to receive a good education, the opportunity to play, the opportunity to be social, the opportunity to be intellectually stimulated, the opportunity to be physically active, and the opportunity to be safe while you take advantage of all these other opportunities.  And these opportunities must be for everyone.


For many of us, the opportunity to participate is taken for granted.  I’ll admit it, I don’t feel as if I have encountered many barriers to my personal health pursuits.  That’s where program coordinators and community leaders that, like myself, may not be personally familiar with barriers but have so much to offer to the health of a community, must be educated in terms of making their opportunities available to everyone.


Therefore being inclusive, accessible and available for all, including individuals with a variety of needs, abilities, function, and health conditions is hugely important.  This may sound like a big job, but in truth, some simple guidance can assist these program leaders and key community members in establishing programs for all. 


Here are some ideas:


·    Establish an “Advisory Board” of community members (including consumers with disabilities) to help advise local service providers of low-cost ways to be more accessible and disability friendly. 

·    Make use of your local Chamber of Commerce, alderman’s office, neighborhood planning committee or other similar local organizations to either get the word out about an “Advisory Board” or to provide materials on accessibility and disability etiquette.  These organizations would likely be the first to know when a new service provider or program is coming to your community so getting involved from the beginning could be key.


Please share your ideas for making healthy opportunities in your community available to all.


Tags: , , ,

Building Healthy Communities


10/7/2010 5:22:43 PM #

We are working hard to bring exactly this sort of physical activity access and programming to communities and the specialized populations within those communities.  I hope our blog could be a good place to exchange ideas and strategies together. (Link Removed)

Judy Shasek United States |

10/18/2011 8:49:25 AM #

We have on old proverb about health, that all are are aware. So it is really important to maintain a healthy community.

(Link Removed) (Link Removed) Paul</a>

Arthur Paul United States |

11/14/2011 8:31:36 PM #

My husband and I both needed to lose weight. We've been searching and reading about many different types of diets and their results. After weeks of research we decided to try the fat burning furnace plan. We found the reviews helpful plus the description was also very attractive as we could eat food and still lose pounds. When we both tried the plan, we were happy to see the quick results. It's been over 8 months now and we both are healthy and fit. We stopped our diet plan 3 months ago and haven't gained a single pound since. This is a great way to lose weight and stay slim for the long term.

Faye Peck United States |

8/11/2012 5:15:51 AM #

I am agreeing with you. Health is wealth for everyone. It is necessary to lose weight for live a better life. I and my wife are trying to reducing fat from our health. It is 5th month, we are trying and 2 pound of fat losing.
(Link Removed) (Link Removed) burning furnace</a>

Mark Fleaming United States |

Skip Navigation


Comment RSS

HHS | Accessibility | Privacy Policy | Freedom of Information Act | Disclaimer | Contact Us

This page last updated on: 11/04/2009

Content for this site is maintained by the
Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Link to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -