Active design

About Active design

Physical activity and healthy eating are among the leading ways to get and stay healthy.

Active design is an applied, evidence-informed approach to improve physical, mental and social health outcomes through the design of the built environment.

To improve health, we can:

  • Increase access to public parks and recreation
  • Create pedestrian plazas, and maintain sidewalks
  • Plant street trees
  • Provide safer cycling infrastructure and secure bicycle storage
  • Make stairways attractive and accessible

Strategies like these can have a measurable effect on people’s ability to safely maintain their physical, mental, and social health.

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