Building Healthy Communities
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health works with municipalities and community partners to create a built environment that supports good 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
- safety of travel
- air and water quality
- access to jobs and services
- social interaction
- mental wellbeing
- opportunities for recreation
Policy Resources for Healthy Built Environments
Where a person lives has as much influence on their health as how they live. Municipal Official Plans play an important role in designing healthy communities that make healthy choices easier. Click here to learn how municipal policies can influence your health through community design.
The policies and strategies listed in this document provide recommendations to municipalities on planning and designing complete communities in the urban and rural areas of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and suggest opportunities for municipalities to provide leadership and engage communities in the design of healthy living environments.
For further information, call our Healthy Life Line at (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.