Easy Ways to Improve Public Health in Your Community

Healthcare is not just a private affair between you and your doctor. Public health in the community impacts everyone, and you can have a dramatic impact on the health of those around you. Good Samaritan Hospital is committed to being a positive force for health in the San Jose community, and you too can get involved. During National Public Health Week, which runs from April 6-12, take some time to consider these easy ways you can get involved in building and sustaining a healthier community.

Promote Health at Work

Since most people spend a large amount of their time at work, it is important to encourage healthy habits there just as you would at home. Explore the possibility of starting an employee wellness program with the human resources department in your workplace or promote any programs that do exist. Lobby to have any vending machines filled with healthier options. Establishing a lunchtime walking group can also dramatically change the health of the entire workplace.

Encourage Carpooling

Excessive traffic increases air pollution and the associated risks of respiratory problems. You can help reduce traffic in your community by organizing carpools to work and for your usual activities. Talk about your carpooling habits and encourage other people to look for ways they can do the same. Public transportation is another valuable resource for public health. Consider taking public transportation to work and asking others to ride with you to get even more vehicles off the road.

Consider Volunteering

Most communities have non-profit organizations that benefit public health. Find out how you can get involved to support their activities. You may be able to donate your time onsite at the organization, participate in fundraising efforts, or lend a valuable skill you have to fill a need for the group.

Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose has a volunteer program that invites community members to assist in providing comfort and good cheer to their neighbors who are patients at our hospital. Our services, including emergency care, cardiac care, and maternity services, are a crucial part of the community’s wellbeing. Find out how you can volunteer or get more information about our services by calling (888) 724-2362.

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