Let's Start a Conversation About Health...
and Not Talk About Health Care at All
Watch this video to see how our opportunities to be healthy are affected by the conditions in which we live, work, and play.
This video shows us that HEALTH is about much more than something we get at the doctor's office or from using hospital services. Scientists have found that the conditions in which we live and work can impact our health in a very big way. This means that not everyone has the same opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long and healthy life. Health starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our playgrounds and parks, and in the air we breathe and the water we drink.
This video describes actions that different people and organizations can take to help create healthier communities. It encourages everyone -- educators, builders, parents, farmers, health care providers, business owners, community leaders, municipal councillors... to start a conversation about health... and not talk about health care at all!
Let's Start a Conversation About Health - User Guide
Use this guide to learn more about how to "get the conversation started" so that all members of our communities have good opportunities to be healthy.
Everyone should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education, or ethnic background. ¹
The avoidable difference in health between groups that are caused by our living conditions (jobs, housing, neighborhoods, etc). ²
Not all members of our communities have the same opportunities to be healthy. ¹
Social Determinants of Health
The conditions in which people grow, live, work and age. These conditions have a powerful influence on health. Inequalities in these conditions lead to inequalities in health. ³