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Neighborhood Wellness

Updated on April 18, 2017

Scholarly Discussion: Based on this week’s material and your own relevant research, how would you rate your own neighborhood and the city/town that surrounds it with regard to the concepts presented in this week’s module? Discuss as many environmental factors as possible in your analysis.

Environmental wellness focuses on the good health of a person due to whether or not they are occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support their overall well-being (SAMASHA, 2016). Environmental wellness includes many different factors that involve the area, town, community, and living place that a person resides in. For instance, according to “The Grave Health Risks of Poor Urban Design” article a safe walkable neighborhood is not just an amenity; they are in fact a matter of life or death. A safe neighborhood allows a person to have an active and engaged life that allows them to walk around which provides additional social interaction and helps to improve physical wellness. Neighborhoods which are not safe for a person to walk around in lead to people utilizing cars as their main means of transportation, which can in turn harm physical wellness by causing obesity (DHC, 2012).

According to Unnatural Causes, low-income neighborhoods tend to be dominated by tobacco and alcohol advertisements. These low-income neighborhoods also have a habit of having liquor and convenience stores as the main source of grocery shopping; areas such as this are referred to as food deserts because it is difficult for people to find affordable, healthy, and nutritious food (CDC, 2012). The liquor and convenience stores sell unhealthy food, which can lead to people spending their money on unhealthy food choices, which in turn harms their physical wellness.

I live in an environmentally healthy area of South Florida. My neighborhood is safe to walk around in. A town center is approximately one to two miles from my neighborhood which makes it a safe place for a person to get to by walking or biking. There are several liquor stores, but not many small convenience stores in the area. For healthy food options, there is a Publix and a Target within in a 10-minute drive zone. A Walmart that is about 20 minutes away offers a place to buy healthy food options at a lesser price, but the quality of the fresh products are lower than those offered by Publix and Target. Considering all of these factors I would consider my neighborhood and town to be a healthy place to live, however, there are areas outside of my neighborhood and town that I would consider an unhealthy place to live.

References

CDC. (2012). A Look Inside Food Deserts. Retrieved https://www.cdc.gov/features/fooddeserts/

DHC. (2012). The “Grave Health Risks” of Poor Urban Design. Retrieved

http://designinghealthycommunities.org/the-grave-health-risks-of-poor-urban-design/

Unnatural Causes. (n.d.) The Perfect Neighborhood. Retrieved

http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/interactivities_03.php

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