The health of a community – home, school, town, and state – is one of the most important factors in not only a better quality of life, but also in the vibrancy of the community as a good place to learn and work. Students are exposed to many barriers in achieving healthy communities, including large numbers of unhealthy fast food restaurants, limited or no access to sidewalks and parks, and safety concerns that limit physical activity. The Students for Healthy Communities program was designed to get students involved in creating healthier communities. Through the program, students have a chance to improve their communities and learn valuable skills that will help them in the future.
This program is a joint project between EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology [EAST] Initiative) and ACHI. The goal is to have students create unique ideas for sustainable change in their own communities. Examples of question students can address and act on include: What does your community need to make good health easier for people? Are there safe sidewalks? How about accessible grocery stores? Is eating healthy actually more expensive? What are the benefits of having a community garden? What might your school do differently to promote a healthy community?
Students are encouraged to use their talents to create solutions that work to make their communities healthier and better places to live, work, learn, and play. Students participating in this program access many tools and resources that can be used for creating healthy communities.
The following websites have been marked as relevant to this project. We encourage users to visit these sites to learn more.
This project has been tagged under the following ACHI categories. To learn more about other projects in these categories, please click one of the links below.