The Social Determinants Of Exercise

In Brockville we have committed volunteer groupsĀ  and committees of council, and we have an activity-hungry populace. Yet as long as we have a city council with a passive-aggressive stance on becoming walk-friendly and bike-friendly (and age-friendly and youth-friendly), we will make little progress.

“If we want healthier communities, we must make it easier for individuals to feel good about physical activity in the context of their own lives. We are more likely to walk to services in our community if we have food security and appropriate shoes. We are more likely to attempt a new activity if we have the literacy and information centre to understand it better. We are more likely bike to work if we feel safe and comfortable in accessing our route. We are more likely to comply with exercises when values and promotions of our community support this.

“The evidence shows us behaviour stems from the social, the economic and the political, much more so than from the personal.”

Read this article about the social determinants of exercise.

The Push For Lower Residential Speed Limits Gains Traction

“residential streets are where families go for walks, where neighbours greet and chat with each other, and where kids ride their bikes to school and play games. If these are indeed legitimate uses for streets, its time that we recognize this, by humanizing the speed of vehicle movement along these roadways.”

Read about the trends and understand the rationale through this article.

Productive Ways To Engage In Building A Better Community

Getting a Response From Local Leaders

This post is for anyone who might feel at times that voting doesn’t matter or that there isn’t much you can do to influence how things happen in your community. There is a myriad of ways of getting involved in making a difference. This article from Strongtowns nicely enumerates a range of approaches. Of note, the author also points out three commonly-seen approaches that do not work and only serve to drive negativity.
Read the article here.