Our health is the result of the complex interaction between:
where and how we live, work, study and play - these are where we spend our time and they create the conditions for our daily lives
our social and economic resources - people with more resources tend to have better health
the physical environment - it is difficult to be healthy when the water is not safe to drink, the air is filled with smoke, or the land is too contaminated to grow food
our genetic endowment - we each come with a set of genes that will shape our lives but whether they lead to health or illness is not always inevitable; there
are things we can do to reduce risk or enhance wellbeing.
Knowing this means that we need to each recognize that there are actions we can take to limit our risk of exposure to unsafe or unhealthy conditions like air pollution but there are also limits to how much we can protect ourselves or our families. Some health problems have to be addressed as a community.