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.
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.
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