A growing body of evidence has demonstrated an association between the built environment--defined as the arrangement of buildings, parks, schools, roads and other public structures encountered in daily life--and health outcomes, such as, levels of physical activity, body mass index, exposure to air pollution, and others.
Public health officials, NGOs and planning practitioners across Canada have taken notice of this evidence and have started to take action.
However, improving the health promoting potential of built environments presents a challenge: the levers to address this issue exist within the jurisdiction of several sectors and levels of government.
To start addressing this challenge, in 2009, the Urban Public Health Network, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners, the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy and six health regions came together in a novel partnership: the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative.
With funding from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s “Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP)” program, the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative is uniting existing and emerging cross-sector efforts to promote healthy built environments. Healthy Canada by Design CLASP partners are also translating the latest research in this field into state-of-the-art tools to support policy-makers, public health officials, planners and developers in facilitating the creation of more health promoting communities across Canada.
This project has been made possible through financial contributions from Health Canada, through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s CLASP initiative.
The views expressed in this presentation represent the views of the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP and do not necessarily represent the views of the project funders.
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