Good health is obviously important to every individual and family. For a strong community, residents need to be physically and mentally healthy to work and learn well.
Attention to resident health certainly involved ensuring that medical and other health care facilities are available and affordable for the community. Increasingly, it also includes programs and infrastructure that promotes healthy lifestyles as a preventative measure, from a walking club to youth bicycling trails, from nutrition awareness to park fitness centers.
Read our coverage of Healthy Residents issues and ideas in the In The News section of this website.
- Model Joint Use Agreement Resources - This page includes a number of resources to help a community come to an agreement with local schools to use playgrounds and other facilities for play and programs. From the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity.
Active Design Supplement: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing - Active Design Guidelines provide strategies for creating neighborhoods, streets, and outdoor and indoor spaces that encourage walking, bicycling, active transportation and recreation, and active movement like stair use in buildings. This guidebook includes a 11 case studies and analysis of how simple, low- to no-cost design changes can help encourage active living amongst affordable housing residents of all ages.