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. The recommendations in Spanish are available here.  Be Healthy Denver completed this HIA in conjunction with Community Planning and Development's neighborhood plan. The report is also available by sections:


 List of Appendices:

News & Information

Release of the 2014 Health of Denver Report - Thursday, January 29, 2015
Join Denver Environmental Health and Denver Public Health for the release of the  2014 Health of Denver Report on Feb 23 from 3-4:40 p.m. at Mile high United Way. The report, the city's most recent community health assessment, provides current health data, identifies areas of concern, and measures progress towards improving the health of Denver residents. Visit here for more information, and RSVP here

CHIP 2014 Progress Report - Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Community Health Improvement Plan 2014 Annual Report – This progress report provides an update for Be Healthy Denver’s Access to Care and Healthy Eating Active Living workgroups, including Child Care, Schools, Community, and Government. This report will be released on an annual basis to describe progress toward our five-year CHIP goals and explain successes, challenges, and revisions to the activities of each workgroup. Please contact us if you would like more information or if you are interested in collaborating on Denver’s 2014-2018 CHIP. 

Progress of Denver Residents Enrolling in Health Care Coverage - Friday, November 14, 2014

Denver has achieved great success in expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014. In just nine months, nearly 63,000 uninsured Denver residents have acquired coverage, and Denver’s rate of coverage has increased from 83% to nearly 93%! We are well on our way to reaching Denver's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) goal of 94% coverage! We have an opportunity to continue to expand coverage through open enrollment, November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015.