Building Healthy Communities
Where people live has as much influence on their health as how they live. To promote healthy living environments, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health works with municipalities and community organizations to create community settings that support health.
The built environment is the human-made design of the settings where people live, work, learn, and play. Buildings, streets, parks, agricultural lands, road systems, land use patterns, and density are features that affect a person’s ability to make healthy choices and to reduce their risk of injury and exposure to health hazards.
The built environment can affect:
- level of physical activity
- ease of access to healthy food
- aging in place
- safety of travel
- air and water quality
- access to jobs and services
- social interaction
- mental wellbeing
- opportunities for recreation
Healthy Built Environments
Municipal Official Plans play an important role in designing communities in a way that promotes and protects the health of residents and visitors. The Building Complete and Sustainable Communities: Healthy Policies for Official Plans report provides guidance to municipalities when reviewing their official plans so that decisions that shape the built environment are made with consideration to the potential impacts on health and wellbeing.
The policies and strategies in this document provide policy recommendations to the urban and rural municipalities of Hastings and Prince Edward, and suggest opportunities for municipalities to provide leadership and engage communities in the design of healthy living environments.
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Local Research & Fact Sheets
Evidence Assessments to Support Policy Development
- Building Complete and Sustainable Communities: Health Policies for Active Transportation, 2018
- Complete and Sustainable Communities Make it Easy for People to Walk, Bike and Roll,
Community Assessments to Support Policy Development
- Health Begins in Our Communities, Infographics
- Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Situational Assessment on Healthy Eating & Active Living, 2014
- City of Belleville
- City of Quinte West
- Hastings County
- County of Prince Edward
The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2017, Designing Healthy Living
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