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What are the 7 Vital Conditions?

The Seven Vital Conditions for Well-Being is a useful framework for conceptualizing holistic well-being and the Conditions that give rise to it, as well as identifying levers for community change and improvement. It brings together major determinants of health, exposing how parts of a multi-faceted whole work as a system to produce population well-being. This framework helps users consider the properties of places and institutions that all people need all the time to be healthy and well. This framework advances a collaborative, cross-sector approach to improving community health and well-being and helps identify where and how to invest in communities to yield better results over time.

Thriving Natural World

Thriving Natural World is about having clean air, clean water, clean land, and well-functioning ecosystems. A healthy environment is one that is free from environmental hazards, resilient to future changes and threats, and fulfills our needs to connect with nature.

Basic Needs for Health & Safety

Physical and mental well-being starts with access to fresh air and water, nutritious food, and the security of a stable home. People also need healthy relationships—with freedom to express gender and sexuality—and a life free from violence, injury, and toxic stress. Access to routine and critical health care essential to maintaining health and well-being.

Humane Housing

Humane Housing is about stable, safe places to live, and diverse, vibrant communities that lead to full, productive lives. People are able to thrive with access to secure places to live, homes and neighborhoods that are safe from hazards, and neighborhoods that provide access to food and other basic needs, opportunity, and resources that promote healthy living.

Meaningful Work and Wealth

Personal, family, and community wealth provides means for healthy, secure lives. This includes good-paying, fulfilling jobs and careers, and financial security that extends across the life span. People’s lives and self-worth flourish when doing productive, rewarding work. The ability to accumulate adequate wealth shapes the living standards not only for families and communities, but for generations to come.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning is about providing a good education for all that ensures everyone, regardless of age, background, or ability, is set up for success, and has opportunities to reach their full potential. It’s about an education that launches people into meaningful careers with ongoing opportunities to learn and grow.

Reliable Transportation

Reliable Transportation is about traveling between home, work, school, stores, and more in daily life. Transportation options influence access to jobs, social mobility, and health care. Active transportation—walking, biking, and transit use—helps us incorporate physical activity into our daily lives. Designing compact communities and sustainable transportation systems ensures people are able to get where they need to go, no matter a person’s means, mode, or ability.

Belonging and Civic Muscle

Belonging and Civic Muscle is about having fulfilling relationships and social support that people need to thrive. It’s about being part of a community and contributing to its vibrancy. Social support through friends, family, and other networks contributes to our practical and emotional needs, enhances mental well-being, helps us navigate the challenges of life, and reinforces healthy behaviors.

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