Built Environments

The built environment includes the human-made, physical characteristics that provide the setting for human activities – where people live, work, learn and play. Healthy built environments are the product of good planning practices. Whether rural, urban, or suburban communities, healthy built environments are places that are designed to support good health for all.

Apr 30 2014 - 10:00am to May 1 2014 - 10:45am

You are invited to join the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) for a webinar describing the content and wide range of potential uses of a new resource they are launching on April 8th, 2014 called The Healthy Built Environment Linkages: A Toolkit for Design, Planning and Health.  It is an evidence-based and expert-informed resource to improve communication between planners, local government, and health.

 

Apr 9 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Working Across Sectors to Engage the "Silent Majority" in Official Community Plans and Transportation Master Plans' Implementation: Urban Case Studies

Jun 6 2014 - 8:30am to 12:30pm

Explore healthy built environments from New York to Vancouver on June 6, 2014.

Feb 12 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join the Healthy Built Alliance for the second in a series of several online learning sessions intended to highlight recent healthy built environment research, information, tools & resources that can help inform planning processes and decisions.

Oct 30 2013 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Presented by the Provincial Health Services Authority on behalf of the Healthy Built Environment Alliance, this is the first in a series of free online learning sessions intended to highlight recent healthy built environment research, information, tools, and resources that can help inform planning processes and decisions.

Offers a framework for considering the interconnected aspects of a healthy community and provides many practical examples of how communities are accomplishing healthy community goals withing a variety of community scales.
– Canadian Institute of Planners

Active transportation describes all human-powered forms of travel, such as walking, cycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, skiing, canoeing, etc. Walking and cycling are among the most popular and can be combined with other modes, such as public transit.i Some examples are walking to the store or to school, cycling to the recreation centre, or taking the bus to work.

Housing has a significant and sustained impact on people’s health, perhaps just as much impact as policies or programs that focus on promoting “healthy living” (e.g. healthy eating, physical activity)1. Variations in health status among population groups (health inequities) remind us that health and well-being have complex causes.2 Effectively incorporating health and well-being into housing helps communities to develop resilience and support residents that most need help.3

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