New NAM Perspectives | The Interplay of Community Trauma, Diet, and Physical Activity

The places we live, work, and play have a huge impact on our health. Adverse community experiences, such as violence, racism, and poverty, can traumatize communities, acting as barriers to improving population health and health equity. Persistent community trauma plays a tremendous role in the health of communities. When people feel unsafe, they are less likely to use resources available to them, like parks and grocery stores. When communities are perceived as unsafe, businesses are less likely to invest in them. How can we address adverse community events in an effort to improve health outcomes? A new National Academy of Medicine discussion paper identifies strategies that communities can use to address trauma in highly impacted areas while also aligning with strategies that increase access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. Read more >>



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