Cities / Towns

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Local elected officials, planners, and recreation and transportation departments have a responsibility to build safe, healthy places and encourage wellness in our communities

 


Increase availability and access to safe sidewalks, bike paths, trails, parks, and recreational facilities


Provide access to healthy, fresh and affordable foods at farmer's markets, restaurants, grocers and corner stores

HEAL's Recommended Strategies for Cities/Towns

  • Improve access to parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities, including after-hours access to school facilities for public use
  • Improve infrastructure to support walking, bicycling and other modes of active transportation
  • Adopt zoning policies for mixed-use, compact and transit oriented development
  • Improve safety and security of streets, neighborhoods and places where people go for recreation and physically activity
  • Create incentives for food retailers, restaurants and other public service venues to provide healthier foods from local farms
  • Adopt zoning policies and programs to promote increased availability of farmers' markets and community gardens
  • Permit breastfeeding in public places and encourage government agencies to promote breastfeeding-friendly worksites
  • Offer social marketing programs, using multiple media sources, to promote the benefits and availability of local resources for healthy eating and active living for children and families
  • Support local community coalitions to create healthy eating and active living environments

Supporting Healthy Eating in Cities/Towns

Municipal Survey Report: Obesity Prevention in New Hampshire Communities
This report from the Obesity Prevention Program (OPP) summarizes the findings of a 2011 study of New Hampshire city and town policies that support healthy eating and active living. It provides baseline data, resources, and sample policies.

NH Farm to School Program
Project to connect NH farms and schools by integrating agricultural production, school food procurement and school curriculum.

Improving The Food Environment Through Nutrition Standards A guide for government procurement by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Improving Access to Healthy Food: A Community Planning Tool
A resource of the Columbus Health Department, Columbus, Ohio.

CDC: The Guide To Community Preventive Services
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.

Healthy Corner Stores Network
Supports efforts to increase the availability and sales of healthy, fresh, affordable foods through small-scale stores in underserved communities.

Building Breastfeeding Friendly Communities
A compilation of information designed to assist local communities to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Supporting Active Living in Cities/Towns

Livable Walkable Communities Toolkit
Resources that can help you and other community members assess your community and make necessary changes to improve the health and wellness of your community.

Municipal Survey Report: Obesity Prevention in New Hampshire Communities
This report from the Obesity Prevention Program (OPP) summarizes the findings of a 2011 study of New Hampshire city and town policies that support healthy eating and active living. It provides baseline data, resources, and sample policies.

New Hampshire Safe Routes to School Program
A planning and community assistance program provided through the NH Department of Transportation.

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH
A statewide focal point for bicycling and pedestrian related issues in New Hampshire including safety and education programs.

CDC: The Guide To Community Preventive Services
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.

Active Community Environments Resource Kit
A resource of the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Program.

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