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Equity

Everyone has the right to be healthy. City planners, community services providers, parks and recreation enthusiasts, economic development supporters and the personnel responsible for the design of parks, neighborhoods, streets and business areas should make every effort to address the conditions that create and perpetuate inequities in health status among low-income communities and communities of color.

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Built Environment and Complete Streets

People want to be healthy, but they need physical environments that enable them to make healthy choices safely, conveniently and affordably. The way communities are designed can either help or hinder its residents’ ability to make healthy choices.

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Complete Parks

Parks have a unique role to play in improving mental, physical and social well being. Parks and green space serve as a conduit for community engagement, economic development and greater health equity.

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Healthy Food Access and Procurement

People want to make healthy choices about what they eat, but sometimes that is not a viable option. Nutritious foods oftentimes are unavailable close to home, or are priced outside food budgets.

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Work Site Wellness

Trying to make healthy decisions in the workplace can be a challenge when faced up against the candy bowl, vending machines and break-room donuts. In addition to temptation, it’s hard to be physically active at work when a job requires sitting in front of a computer for eight hours, and the elevator is the easiest way to get to the office. These are strategies that municipalities can adopt that make healthy eating and being physically active at work easier to do.

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General and Comprehensive Plans

Cities have a unique role to play in determining the health of residents and municipal employees. It is the role of the local government to practice good governance and consider health in all policies contained in general, specific and comprehensive plans.

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