Community Resources and Healthy Communities

 

Health and Community Element
Community Resources
Healthy Communities

Health and Community Element

The Health and Community draft element has been reviewed by the Regional Commission and is available here.  Further revisions have been approved by the Regional Commissioners and will be incorporated into the draft.

Community Resources

Quality community resources contribute to the high quality of life that residents of the Central Vermont region enjoy.Educational facilities, communication channels, libraries and civic institutions are just a few of the many community resources that residents depend on. Public and private services in the region represent valuable investments that must be managed and supported so that they will continue to contribute favorably to the region’s quality of life. Here is what Central Vermont residents had to say about Community in Central Vermont:

Central Vermont harbors a rich historic record, in its buildings, in its soil, and in the very fabric of its landscape. It is a goal of this Region to preserve, protect, and perpetuate this record as an important part of Vermont’s heritage.

The word “culture” refers to the development, improvement or refinement of the mind, emotions or interests, through ideas, customs, skills and arts. The opportunity for cultural experiences like recreation, theater, the arts, craft making, and public discussion is critical to our well being, happiness, and fulfillment. Culture, while universal among humans, is manifested differently, and with varying intensity, in different places. While the more urbane among us may perceive rural areas as existing in a cultural void, this is never true. Such an assumption about Central Vermont would be particularly erroneous. We are, in fact, in possession of cultural resources of unusual richness, quality and diversity for an area of our size and population. This wealth of culture is partly responsible for Central Vermont’s popularity as a tourist destination. At the same time, tourism bolsters our cultural resources. The link between culture and the economy is becoming ever clearer.

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Healthy Communities

“Healthy community design” offers a framework for those interested in public health and land use planning to work together to understand and consider potential positive and negative public health impacts of local land use and community design. If our communities incorporate alternative transportation and are built to support physical activity, safe walking and biking, use of public transportation, and access to healthy foods, people can lead healthier, more active lives.

Through effective planning and design, community decisions can simultaneously increase physical activity and access to healthy food. This element of the Plan addresses community health from two perspectives: physical facilities and health of individuals.

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