Active Living

In addition to healthy eating, active living is an important part of being healthy.  An active lifestyle is influenced by many factors beyond simply personal choice. Favorable public areas for people to visit, play, or exercise requires accessible sidewalks and paths, safe streets, and low perception of crime.

Our constructed environments are all part of the "built environment," which includes: land use, public amenities, crime, transportation, and social cohesion. Each of these components can alter a community's relationship with the local environment and affect overall health.

The Community Health Improvement Plan calls for examining and improving active living environments by assessing Safe Routes, bicycle and pedestrian opportunities and funding, and by performing Health Impact Assessments.

Health Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessments are an important strategy in the CHIP.  While many think of public health in terms of services and programs, HIAs inform policy and planning, which can have a large, community-level affect on health.

View the full Globeville, Elyria and Swansea Health Impact Assessment (HIA) here. The executive summary of the HIA is available in both English and Spanish.  Be Healthy Denver completed this HIA in conjunction with Community Planning and Development's neighborhood plan. The report is also available by sections:

 

News & Information

Health Improvement Assessment Available - Monday, September 15, 2014
View the full Globeville, Elyria and Swansea Health Impact Assessment (HIA) here. The executive summary of the HIA is available in both English and Spanish. 

Progress of Denver Residents Enrolling in Health Care Coverage - Tuesday, September 09, 2014

We have successfully reached the first Access to Care goal included in Denver's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). We continue to increase enrollment in Medicaid and Connect for Health Colorado to expand health care coverage in Denver. In July 2014, more than 3,000 Denver residents enrolled in Medicaid, successfully expanding coverage to nearly 64,000 Denver residents so far in 2014!

 

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