Maintaining good health is something that we often take for granted. We know that a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and adequate sleep are some of the pillars of good health. However, a deeper dive into the factors that impact our health shows us that, while important contributors, healthy behaviors only make up about one third of what impacts our health.
In a country where many communities are far removed from understanding the daily intricacies of food systems, production, local food stores and their correlation to health, there is an increasing importance on bringing “local” back into the community vernacular. For planners and community development departments interested in becoming better stewards of health for their communities there is one resource that is often overlooked: the culinary community.