Health & wellness

Greener Environment

Greener environments enhance recovery from surgery, enable and support higher levels of physical activity, improve immune system functioning, help diabetics achieve healthier blood glucose levels, and improve functional health status and independent living skills among older adults. Measures the city can take to create a greener environment: 

  1. Financing should be available online to make it easier for residents to replace their heating and cooling units with energy-efficient systems.
  2. Offer composting, starting with restaurant waste, then add a residential composting service. 
  3. When law enforcement vehicles are disposed of, replace them with electric-hybrid vehicles. Police officers often run their vehicles in idle for hours so introducing electric-hybrid models will reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs.

Virtual Parks & Rec Programs

Alcoa-Maryville Parks & Rec operational and capital expenses are funded in part by tax dollars but not everyone can utilize these services and programs due to barriers like work hours, childcare and transportation. I propose that the city work with Parks & Rec partners to provide wellness classes online, which would be broadcast live and archived.

Outdoor Spaces for All 

Spending time outdoors improves health and happiness. It’s been shown to lower stress, blood pressure and heart rate. Some research even suggests that green space is associated with a lower risk of developing psychiatric disorders. It’s important that we make maintaining and creating green spaces and pedestrian sidewalks a priority for ALL of Maryville, including East Maryville. 

Mental Health Services

Especially during this time of isolation, disconnection and economic distress, the city needs to find bold ways to connect citizens to mental health services. City officials should be working with healthcare entities to build a strong pipeline of mental health professionals who offer low-cost options for treatment, including telemedicine alternatives.

Homelessness

It’s time to stop turning a blind eye to our homeless population. I will insist that the City Manager and his directors create a plan to address homelessness, which is becoming increasingly urgent amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.