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  • Why social connection matters

    As a health care organization, we know health care happens where we live, work and play. That's why we promote and encourage the development of strong social connections through healthy eating and physical activity.  

    Social connections are the relationships we have with others, either individually or through groups. Our social connections give us a deeper sense of purpose and we're more likely to sustain healthy habits if we do them with others in our neighborhood or community.

    Studies have shown people who have strong social relationships enjoy better health. Health benefits of strong social relationships include:

    • Longer life
    • Reduced levels of stress
    • Better immune function
    • Decreased risk of depression
    • Lowered risk of high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and cancer

    Strong social connections with others also contribute to better health for our communities, creating a stronger sense of community and increasing trust in neighbors.

    To learn more about this concept, please explore the resources below: