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DE PA R T M E N T: BUIL DING C OM M UNI T Y HEALTHY RESIDENTS are HAPPIER-and VICE VERSA BY TRISH HARRIS I t's a fact: Health and happiness are two sides of the same coin. Health affects every aspect of our lives-our state of mind, our energy and productivity, and our ability and desire (or lack thereof) to engage with others. Even the most carefree and jovial people are not their happiest, most positive selves when they are wrestling with health issues. The same is true of communities. In essence, the health of a community determines the collective happiness of its members. Certainly, this should be a concern of every apartment community owner and manager. But what does it take to build a healthy, happy multifamily community? BEING A PART OF THE WHOLE The first step is to ensure that your residents feel that they have a role and a voice, and that they are a valuable part of their apartment community. When people feel included, engaged, and involved, they are empowered to make a difference. They feel a sense of ownership and permanency. Achieving this in an apartment community can be tricky, but it's absolutely possible. It's all about attitude, diplomacy, compassion, and communication. Residents have a keen awareness of how their management team really views them and they will often mimic management's demeanor, whether it's friendly and cordial or lackadaisical and inattentive. There's a visible difference between someone who is open, affirming, and always willing to help and the type of manager who avoids connecting in meaningful ways with residents. When community management has the courage to include, engage, and involve the residents, the benefits are dramatic. Town hall meetings are a great opportunity for residents to voice their concerns, preferences, and appreciation. Gathering together to sort out issues, resolve conflicts, and discuss solutions is an excellent community-building exercise. It enables people to talk about their fears, feelings, and needs. When a manager demonstrates respect and good listening skills at such a meeting, he or she sets a positive tone for problem-solving. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS Involve residents in organizing activities. Often the residents can serve as leaders. * Offer a weekly yoga class. * Encourage residents to form walking groups. * Conduct a community tennis tournament. * Offer exercise classes. * Offer fitness training. * Form a biking club. * Provide aqua-therapy classes. Modeling openness and transparency goes a long way toward ensuring the atmosphere is not combative or confrontational. PROMOTING PHYSICAL HEALTH A healthy and happy apartment community can readily promote physical health MULTIFAMILYFLORIDA l Spring 2016 l 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Spring 2016

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: MAINTAINING THE BALANCE
FAA UPDATE: SPEAK UP
APARTMENT COMMUNITIES GO ON A HEALTH KICK: TODAY’S HEALTHY AMENITIES RUN THE GAMUT
2016 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE REPORT: FAA MEMBERS MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD AT FLORIDA STATEHOUSE
BUILDING COMMUNITY: HEALTHY RESIDENTS ARE HAPPIER—AND VICE VERSA
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: THE PRESERVE AT LONGLEAF
APARTMENTS BY THE NUMBERS
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADV.COM

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