What Makes a Healthy Community?

In a healthy community we have many ways to be active —streets, parks and roads are planned for biking, walking and other recreation for all. We can find nutritious and affordable food. And, we all take steps to care for others and prevent injury.


Healthy Community Design

Thoughtful design supports active living and healthy eating in our communities.

Healthy community design means planning and designing communities to make it easier for people to live healthy lives. Find resources for anyone seeking to make their community a place that supports active living, healthy eating and more.

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Together, communities can end addiction stigma

“Substance use disorder can happen to your teacher, your doctor, your lawyer. Anyone can suffer from this disease.”

There is still lingering stigma in some of our communities against those who struggle with substance use disorder.

But, it’s also in our communities that we can finally come together and learn, understand, become more empathetic—and ultimately end the stigma.

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WIC provides food benefits and so much more!

WIC is the USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides food benefits, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, counseling and programs for pregnant Vermonters, parents and caregivers with children under 5.

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Community Prevention Programs

Programs and services that help communities become as healthy and involved as they can be are a key part of alcohol and drug use prevention in Vermont.

Preventing substance misuse reduces the risks that contribute to alcohol, tobacco or other drug use – while promoting protective factors that support healthy lifestyles and communities. By stopping substance use before it starts, or before it becomes substance misuse, prevention also works to save Vermont tax dollars. 

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Local Highlights

See what's going on near you.

There's a local heath office in your region! That office works with community organizations, municipal and regional planners, schools and health care providers. Conversations help your local health office learn what is important to your community. From there, the office finds ways to weave in health and wellness improvements that fit the priorities of our towns.

Find your local health office


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Find a medication disposal kiosk location near you

Protect your community by getting rid of unused medication. There are over 80 Vermont locations to drop off medications. Find the pharmacy, health care facility and police departments that host free and easy to use kiosks. The location list also includes times you can drop of your medication and what type of medication is accepted.

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WIC offers a large range of healthy foods for your family. Wondering where you can shop? Check out the list of Vermont WIC grocery stores.