IN THE SPOTLIGHT
WHY SHOP LOCAL
There’s no denying that small businesses are essential for healthy local economies, but did you know that shopping locally can actually benefit your own health? Researchers have found that communities with a higher volume of local businesses actually have a lower rate of mortality, obesity, and diabetes. Investing in your small businesses and shopping locally promotes agricultural growth which in turn provide’s healthier food options. You can take advantage of the local accessibility and do your errands on foot or by bicycle, increasing your daily exercise. When you buy locally you know the people behind the product. You’re getting a more personalized experience in a low stress environment, all the while growing and generating healthy relationships and increasing morale.
Dr. Dustie Samuels - Essentia Health