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.