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

New Report Released! Food System Policies and Population Health: Moving Toward Collective Impact - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Dr. Mason from Environmental Health recently completed a report which provides an overview of the activities by multiple City and County of Denver agencies to address some aspect of the food system – from production, distribution and retail to consumption and composting. The report identifies and prioritizes food policy options that offer the greatest potential to impact population health.

Please read the full report here!


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.


Health Impact 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