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Welcome to the Summer Edition of SpringWell360's Newsletter!

Nadine Spring, PhD

Jul 10, 2024

Summer Health Tips: Ensuring Equitable Access to Wellness Resources

As the temperatures rise and we spend more time outdoors, it's crucial to focus on maintaining our health and wellness. However, it's equally important to ensure that everyone in our community has equitable access to the resources they need to stay healthy. In this edition, we’ll share essential summer health tips and highlight how we can work together to ensure that these wellness resources are accessible to all.


Stay Hydrated

Tip: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when spending time outdoors.


Equity Focus: Access to clean, safe drinking water is a basic human right, yet many communities still face challenges. Support local initiatives and organizations working to provide clean water to underserved areas. Additionally, consider donating bottled water to shelters and community centers during the hot summer months.


Sun Safety

Tip: Protect your skin by applying sunscreen with at least SPF 30, wearing hats and sunglasses, and seeking shade during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).


Equity Focus: Not everyone can afford sunscreen or protective clothing. Partner with local health clinics to distribute free or low-cost sun protection supplies. Educate communities about the importance of sun safety to prevent skin cancer and other sun-related health issues.


Healthy Eating

Tip: Enjoy a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Summer is a great time to take advantage of fresh, seasonal produce.


Equity Focus: Food deserts are a reality for many, limiting access to fresh and healthy food. Support community gardens, farmers' markets, and food co-ops that provide affordable, nutritious options in underserved areas. Volunteer at or donate to local food banks and nutrition programs.


Physical Activity

Tip: Engage in regular physical activity, such as walking, swimming, or biking, to maintain your fitness and overall health.


Equity Focus: Safe and accessible recreational spaces are essential for promoting physical activity. Advocate for the development and maintenance of parks, playgrounds, and sports facilities in all neighborhoods. Support programs that offer free or low-cost sports and fitness classes to the community.


Mental Health

Tip: Take time to relax and de-stress. Practice mindfulness, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy hobbies that bring you joy.


Equity Focus: Mental health services should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or financial situation. Promote and support mental health programs that provide free or sliding-scale services. Raise awareness about mental health resources and encourage open conversations about mental well-being.


Heat Safety

Tip: During extreme heat, stay cool by spending time in air-conditioned places, taking cool showers, and avoiding strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day.


Equity Focus: Many people lack access to air conditioning or cool spaces during heatwaves. Advocate for and support the creation of cooling centers in communities. Donate fans or portable air conditioning units to those in need and check on vulnerable neighbors, especially the elderly and those with health conditions.


Community Spotlight: Local Organizations Making a Difference

This summer, we’d like to shine a spotlight on several local organizations working tirelessly to ensure equitable access to wellness resources:


Skin Cancer Foundation: Providing free sunscreen and educational materials on sun safety.

One New Humanity: Operating a community garden that supplies fresh produce to food-insecure families.

Atlanta Beltline: Offering free fitness classes in underserved neighborhoods.

Georgia Tech: Running mental health workshops and providing counseling services on a sliding scale.

How You Can Help

Volunteer: Offer your time to local organizations and initiatives focused on health equity.

Donate: Contribute funds or supplies to support programs providing essential health resources.

Advocate: Use your voice to promote policies and programs that ensure equitable access to wellness resources for all.

By working together, we can ensure that everyone in our community has the resources they need to enjoy a healthy, safe, and happy summer. Let's make this season one of health, wellness, and equity for all.


Thank you for being part of the SpringWell360 community!


Warm regards,


The SpringWell360 Team

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