1.Healthy communities work together to prevent diseases and help to develop a healthy lifestyle for everyone in a community. The most important principle to me is the principle of environmental sustainability because it determines renewable resource usage rates, rates of consumption of nonrenewable resources, and rates of pollution emissions towards the environment (B The Change, 2017). The second most important principle to me is the principle of people’s sovereignty. In a healthy society, human needs are met, as opposed to money needs or corporations. “It is the inalienable sovereign right of the people to decide how to use their local resources to best nourish their bodies and their spirit within the limits of the first three principles,” B The Change (2017, para 10) mentions. For an environment to be sustainable, resources must continue indefinitely. Humans need clean air an environment that is nontoxic in order to have healthy communities, which justifies the importance of environmental sustainability.
I would point out to the mayor of my community of Suffolk that the development of programs and organizations will encourage individuals to work together to maintain a healthy community. Creating a community design can greatly affect our health. Currently, in Suffolk, concentrations of pollutants are present in the air quality levels, but there are no concerns at the time. Physical activity levels are low in my community, which is a huge risk factor for diseases and disabilities. According to Healthy Suffolk (n.d.), “Despite the proven benefits of a physically active lifestyle, over 60% of American adults are insufficiently active to achieve these benefits and over 25% are not active at all in their leisure time” (para 1).