Bathurst councillor urges city to keep wellness top-of-mind in decision-making process

A Bathurst councillor wants the city to take wellness into account when making decisions and spending money.

At a Public Information Session on Monday, councillor Samuel Daigle and New Brunswick Health Council's Michelina Mancuso presented several statistics and benefits of improving wellness in the city.

With wellness top-of-mind in the decision-making process, Daigle says more inclusive environments can be created along with activities that are just as easy and attractive as being on social media.

Mancuso, meanwhile, says that the more protective factors are increased, the more risk factors will decrease.

Both stressed the importance of ensuring healthy choices such as green spaces, fresh food, and opportunities for physical activities.

The pair stressed that wellness would not only improve the health of individuals, but would result in more productive workers, more tourists, as well as an increase in the population of youth.