A strong sense of connection to a neighbourhood can create positive interaction between members of a community and encourage involvement in community networks. Evidence suggests that good social networks and community involvement have positive physical and mental health consequences.4

Studies have shown strong links between a positive sense of place and levels of physical activity; walking for both recreation and transport is positively associated with a sense of community. 5 Similarly, aspects of a locality that impact on residents’ positive perceptions of the area also promote social connections and healthy lifestyles. For example, community gardens have been found to improve social capital, and have also been linked to improved physical fitness, stress relief and relaxation. 6

References

  1. D. Umberson and J.Montez, “Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpointfor Health Policy,” 2011. [Online].Available:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3150158/. [Accessed October2016]
  2. L. Wood, L. Frank and B. Giles-Corti, “Sense of Community and its Relationship with Walking and Neighbourhood Design,” 2010. [Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20189699. [Accessed October 2016]
  3. Garden Organic and Sustain, “The benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing,” 2014. [Online]. Available: http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/sites/www.gardenorganic.org.uk/files/GrowingHealth_BenefitsReport_0.pdf (PDF document). [Accessed October 2016].
  4. D. Umberson and J.Montez, “Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpointfor Health Policy,” 2011. [Online].Available:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3150158/. [Accessed October2016]
  5. L. Wood, L. Frank and B. Giles-Corti, “Sense of Community and its Relationship with Walking and Neighbourhood Design,” 2010. [Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20189699. [Accessed October 2016]
  6. Garden Organic and Sustain, “The benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing,” 2014. [Online]. Available: http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/sites/www.gardenorganic.org.uk/files/GrowingHealth_BenefitsReport_0.pdf (PDF document). [Accessed October 2016].