The Winter 2016 issue of On Common Ground, published by the National Association of Realtors, is all about designing healthy communities. The first article, “Walkable Communities: The prescription for better health,” features Plan4Health as one example of efforts to change the built environment to enable walkability.
Plan4Health and its collaboration between APA and APHA combats chronic disease by integrating public health and planning. Other examples mentioned alongside Plan4Health include the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the National Complete Streets Coalition.
Anna Ricklin, Manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center, discusses the importance of weaving walkability into communities, and says that “if people don’t feel safe, they don’t enjoy walking. We need to make the healthy choice the easy choice for people.”
The article highlights the Plan4Health coalition in Columbus, Indiana — a collaboration between Reach Healthy Communities and the City of Columbus-Bartholowmew County Planning Department — and their work to increase physical activity by creating safer pedestrian and bicycle crossings at three intersections along a trail system and at three state highway intersections.
To learn more, read the “Walkable Communities” article or the full On Common Ground issue.
Check out this Reach Healthy Communities mini-webinar to learn about the Columbus, Indiana, coalition’s structure and approach to community engagement as well as the importance of community and municipal partnerships.
Image from On Common Ground.