Local and regional planning can have a real and significant impact on community health, equity, and wealth. Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to keep health considerations in mind across all policy areas. Look below for a range of possibilities for your community's health, wellness and wealth.
Tobacco Retail License ordinances put the power back into local hands to reduce big tobacco company influence in local communities. (They also contribute to health equity.)
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Policies ensure that those that choose not to smoke are not impacted by second- and third-hand smoke. (They also save property owners $$$ in maintenance!)
Smoke-free outdoor space policies protect everyone (and especially children) from second-hand smoke exposure. (These policies also help create a new smoke-free norm for future generations.)
Policies preventing pharmacies from tobacco sales reduces mixed messages to consumers about tobacco safety. (And they don't negatively impact the bottom line.)
Policies that support healthy and nutritious food availability in neighborhoods give all community members the choice for healthier options.
Supporting local food production, community farmers' markets, and alternate distribution systems create greater health equity. (And boost the local economy!)
Excess consumption of added sugars, especially from sugary drinks, poses a grave health threat to children and adolescents, disproportionately affecting children of minority and low-income communities.
With children being particularly susceptible to marketing, policies used to reduce unhealthy food and beverage marketing toward youth can help.
Community partners can open their spaces and resources for broader community use, expanding opportunities for recreation, play and community building.
Policies can support a healthy workforce, improve morale and lead to greater productivity.
Wellness policies can be adopted at a an individual school, district, county, state or federal level.