Over the almostyear we’ve been together we’ve talked a great deal about the importance of community.
The fact that, no matter what one’s goals are, it is crucial to have a support team behind you the entire way.
The ole no man is an island concept.
It took almost the entire movie, but even goodoleHugh realized that two people aren’t enough. You need backup. If you’re only two people, and someone drops off the edge, then you’re on your own. Two isn’t a large enough number. You need three at least.
Life takes a village (or a Bumbling Band). I’m fortunate to have an amazing network of family, friends & strangerfriends (online peeps whom I’d not recognize were I to pass them on the proverbial street, but upon whom I rely almost DAILY for advice).
Im also beyond fortunate to have a sister (or sisterfriend as we like to refer to each other) who lives in the same town that I do.
A sisterfriend who is working on building her own community and who asked if she might pick your collective Bumbling Band brains a bit along the way.
As MizFit’s real-life sister-friend – I have great admiration for the “Queen of Community Building.”
Not only has she assembled an active group of participants, but she has brought together people from all walks of life who share a common bond, a commitment to maintaining health – both our own and that of our individual community’s.
Like everyone, I wear many hats besides that of MizFit’s sister.
I am mother, a friend, and a health policy analyst -which is a fancy way of saying – I spend my time looking for examples of community-based programs that support and promote healthy lifestyles.
For example, I recently learned of a program in Baltimore which pairs low-income women with “birth advocates” to guide them through the pre- and post-natal process.
I also discovered another program, in San Antonio, Texas, which provides free breast cancer screening, services and supports to uninsured women in the community. These are the types of programs that have profound impacts on health, but receive little, if any, publicity.
So, I am here, riding the sister’s coattails, asking for your help.
As a part of Leading Healthy Communities , an online library of these kinds of health initiatives, I am gathering as many examples of creative community projects as possible. My purpose is to document these efforts, so that other groups can replicate them in their communities.
Are you aware of examples from your community? Maybe it’s the running/walking, nutrition program and gardening program your son participates in after school, or the smoking cessation program your brother used to finally quit smoking after 15 years. Anything which your community has been cutting edge enough to implement (MizFit note: SisterFit knows us. We all about the flattery up in herre).
Here’s your chance to toot your own horn or somebody else’s & spread the word about positive activities going on in your own backyard.
There you go, People. A chance to brag about your town’s healthy living initiatives, a chance to lament what you have SEEN DONE other places and *wish* the people in your town would
get off their asses and implement, & the chance to help SisterMiz out.
Mind drawing a complete blank? (not mine. remember this? I thought it was such a cool idea & was surprised more cities/towns didnt follow suit!)
Nary an initiative nor a thought for one come to mind?
Perhaps this will JOLT your brain awake: for the low low price of a comment below you’re also entered to win your own copy of the accidentalcommunitybuildingreferencingmovie About a Boy.
A mitzvah? a chance to win? what’s not to love.
please to hit us all up in the comments.