A healthy community is where people come together to make their community better for themselves, their family, their friends, their neighbors, and others. Healthy communities embrace these principles:
- A broad definition of “health” to include the full range of quality of life issues. Most of what creates health is lifestyle and behavior-related; other major factors are genetic endowment, as well as socio-economic, cultural, and physical environment.
- A broad definition of “community” that recognizes all aspects of society and addresses shared issues in the most fruitful ways possible.
- A shared vision reflecting the values of diverse community members.
- Quality of life for everyone by supporting basic emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
- Diverse citizen participation and ownership, where all people take active responsibility for themselves, their families, their property, and their community.
- Focus on “systems change” to improve how community services are delivered, how information is shared, how local government operates, and how business is conducted.
- Benchmark and measure progress and outcomes, to reveal whether residents are heading toward or away from their stated goals.
- Youth development, to recruit and engage youth as full partners in community-based efforts.
Become a Partner
Any person interested in the Healthy Wey Program mission may become involved. Partnership is open to all without regard to race, gender, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
The Healthy Wey/MIM partnership works to encourage healthy and active lifestyles in Weymouth. Through partnerships and collaborations, we are able to gain feedback to better identify and address community needs, concerns, and areas for improvement.