Be the Healthy Inspiration Your Neighborhood Needs
By Brandi Goodman
Many people follow along with what they see their neighbors are doing. If one person cuts their grass, for example, it makes others in the area cut their grass too, not wanting theirs to look unkempt. You can use this thinking as a way to be an inspiration to others. Promote healthy habits that your neighborhood can follow.
Plant a Garden and Share Your Harvest
Having a garden is great for your mental health. It gives you something to focus on. It's also advisable for your physical health. Eating homegrown, nutritious foods is far better for your body than processed items at the store. Perhaps others in the neighborhood will see you planting your garden and decide to follow suit. If not, you can still take what you harvest and share it among your neighbors. Go give each person a cucumber or tomato, or whatever it is you decided to plant. They'll get something healthy to eat and learn that you're someone who cares.
Hang Clothes On a Line
A dryer may remove the wetness from clothes quickly, but it also uses a lot of energy. To cut down on your energy bill, hang clothes on a line instead. The sun and air will work to dry them. Your neighbors may follow suit and opt for line-drying as well, especially on particularly sunny days. It gets you all outside and enjoying the nice weather.
Donate Low-Sodium Canned Foods
Many churches and local organizations that help the homeless or underprivileged within the community ask for non-perishable food items. Canned goods are especially helpful because they often last a long time, do not require refrigeration, and can be eaten without cooking. If you're donating, don't just grab any old thing off your shelf. Try to provide low-sodium canned foods that are on the healthier side so people can enjoy a more nutritious meal. High sodium foods can cause health problems that people already struggling can't afford.
There are many ways to volunteer within your neighborhood. Volunteer to help seniors get groceries or tend to their yard. Volunteer with the local school to bag and hand out meals to students. Volunteer to plant trees near the park. There are lots of options that allow you to help your community and inspire the better well-being of all.
Your neighborhood needs inspiration to get healthy. Be the leader and start to make some healthy changes that they can see. An entire community working together can be a powerful thing. Always work to do your part and try to help your neighbors when you can for the betterment of all.
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