I had the absolute pleasure of attending a conference on violence in our communities and how it is affecting health equity. It is sad, but true. If you are living a an area where violence is prevalent, you are exposed to a level of chronic stress (which leads to illness) that happens daily. Although this is a hard issue to tackle, some communities in LA County are making great strides to decrease this on going violence. I am glad to hear the conversation, and also glad to hear the “higher ups” identify it as a public health issue. We have a long way to go, but awareness is the first step to change.
So I got to thinking… If you are trying to survive daily from violence then why would you even attempt to work on your overall wellness? Eating healthy or exercising aren’t at the forefront of your mind. You are most likely in survival mode, so I asked myself how can wellness fit into this topic? Well for one beginning to start programs for children as well as adults geared towards fitness, health, and wellness may be a great way to get their minds redirected from violence to prevention. It can also be a way for them to come together as a community for a better cause than worrying about violence . Two LAPD officers spoke today on how he and she are taking the initiative to impact communities in a better light using things like sports and wellness programs. So far they have seen the overall percentages of violence decrease in these areas.
Like I said before, we have a long way to go, but starting somewhere is the first stride in molding a well and thriving community.
Be well you guys.
Live. Love. Well & Fit .