Archive for November, 2013

Finding & Creating Health Activists

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By Mark Lundegren

Mark Lundegren

Would you like to make your community a better place in which to live and more aligned with HumanaNatura’s ideal of progressive natural health?

If so, let me say that this is an important goal and worthy ambition. But I must also add that you will need help in this work. Progressive health and vitality in a community is a long-term and ranging endeavor, one requiring action on the part of all or many people within any community. It is a task you can begin but cannot achieve on your own.

In many ways, though, starting a community’s movement toward greater health is the hardest part. With time and just a bit of visibility and success, community interest and involvement naturally increases. We often steadily and unexpectedly find the resources we need to both address pressing health issues and then to begin an ongoing and self-reinforcing process of community health promotion.

But getting started, and finding early adopters and supporters, can be daunting at first. Fortunately, lessons from community activism outside the community health field, and from international development efforts in particular, provide a useful model you can use right away to jump-start your community health promotion process.

I came across a simple community mobilization model at a recent seminar, courtesy of Rafter Ferguson of Liberation Ecology, and think it applies well to communities of all shapes and sizes – especially ones in the early stages of utilizing HumanaNatura’s Community Health Program.

Finding Likely Supporters

As summarized in the graphic below, this model for finding likely community supporters asks us to consider three factors: 1) those people who are most local, 2) those who are most impacted or affected (in this case, by health related issues), and 3) people who are most organized already.

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Making Cross-Quarter Progress

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the cross-quarter! In the natural year, we are now halfway between the more naturally balanced time of the past equinox and the extremes of light and darkness of the coming solstice. As the name implies, cross-quarters occur four times yearly, midway between the two solstices and two equinoxes.

In the HumanaNatura natural health system, we encourage practitioners to use the balance of equinoxes for reflection and planning – including the crucial HumanaNatura practice of reviewing and updating our Natural Life Plan – and the solstices for natural celebration of our lives, relationships, and accomplishments. This framework means that the four-cross quarters are natural times for added focus and intentional progress on our plans, visions, and goals.

If you have not yet created a Natural Life Plan to guide your use and expression of the third HumanaNatura technique, Natural Living, our links will take you to our planning worksheets and seven-step planning process. Together, these resources will help you begin more intentionally health-centered and naturally progressive life in the days and weeks ahead.

Our newest member newsletter was released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the natural year, providing updates on HumanaNatura’s resources, programs, and worldwide health campaigns. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters or learn more about our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

However you mark this cross-quarter, we wish you new natural health and progressive life!

Tell others about HumanaNatura…promote new life and health!

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