Healthy Living is about making healthy choices every day: choices that keep us fit physically, mentally and spiritually. Eating well, being physically active and being smoke-free are three of the best things you can do to stay healthy. By staying healthy, you can help prevent chronic diseases and reduce the risk of becoming ill or seriously injured.

Healthy Living is about creating conditions and supportive environments for health. It is about health behaviours and also about how to make healthy behaviours more attainable and sustainable. Health is both an individual and shared responsibility. We recognize that many of the choices we make are not necessarily ‘choices’ at all but many times determined by other social factors.

Partnering with You

With this in mind we want to partner with you, families, governments, community groups, committees, and organizations to encourage:

Supportive & Social Environments

Southern Health-Santé Sud recognizes that creating supportive social and physical environments around people by taking action on the root causes of illness and injury has the greatest potential to support health and wellness and improve ways to well-being, for example:

  • communities and environments that make it easy for their members to be active and support mental health and wellness are linked with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all life stages
  • environments that support a person’s ability to feel connected, close to and valued by other people are important for promoting well-being, encouraging healthy functioning and preventing mental health problems and illness
  • taking notice, reflecting and being aware of surroundings can help to reaffirm life priorities and allows for people to make positive choices, based on their values and motivations
  • environments that support continuous learning throughout the life span help people build self-esteem, while also promoting social interactions and inspiring a more active lifestyle
  • by giving through community participation, volunteering and carrying out random acts of kindness, people are more likely to rate themselves as happy

For tips, strategies and guidelines for eating healthier and living better, contact your local Public Health-Healthy Living office or check out Manitoba’s Healthy Living Guide.