Health in All Policies
Physical inactivity is a serious public health problem in the United States, largely because it contributes to the development of certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and even falls in older adults. Inactivity affects all ages.
The overall financial burden of obesity in Minnesota in 2006 was estimated at 2.8 billion (MN Dept. Health). There are both direct and indirect costs associated with being overweight and obese. Direct costs are the higher medical costs associated with diagnosing, treating, and trying to prevent conditions related to being overweight or obese. Indirect costs include morbidity cost related to loss productivity, absenteeism, and premature death.
Active Living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into your daily routine. This can start with making small trips. An example is walking between stores instead of driving from one end of Main Street to the other. Waling and being more active can have a dramatic impact on your Health.
It all starts with HEALTH
Making the active choice the easy choice.
What can you do???
You can influence the Built Environment and help create a culture that promotes Active Living.
Decision Makers Checklist: Built Environment
- How will my decision impact health
- Compact efficient development vs. sprawl, which decreases connectivity
- Will it make the community more inviting (more walkable/bikeable)
- Were all users considered when making the decision
- Mixed Use encourages Active Living
- Easier to walk/bike to work if housing is near emplyment
- Easier to walk/bike to stores if shopping is near housing
- Easier to walk/bike to school if schools are near housin
- Tradition Grid Development
- Garages facing the alley
- Similar sized lots
- Striking a balance between uses
Park, Recreation, and Green Space
- Economic Development
- Advocate for both Active & Passive Recreation
Goals of a Successful Active Living Plan
- Outline the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats in regards to Active Living
- Advocate for:
- Well connected infrastructure for all users
- Shift in the mindset regarding Active Living
- Health in All Policies
- Active Living as a Economic Development Strategy