Providing supportive environments that encourage people of all ages and capacities to be active in their neighbourhoods, cities and towns where they work, play and live is integral to increasing physical activity levels.
Heart Foundation advocates to government for neighbourhoods that have good access to destinations including shops, schools, public transport and other facilities. Connected street networks, mixed land use and higher densities are associated with increased walking and cycling for transport.
If you are able to, picnic and play with the kids in the parklands near your house. Run along a river. Kids walk and ride safely to school. Cycle or walk safely and conveniently to work. Stroll over to the local shops to pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables. Drop around to your friends via the quick and easy local public transport. This is the feeling and experience of a healthy built environment. It boosts your wellbeing as well as your physical health.
You are active every day, either through recreation or active transport, such as cycling or walking, to local facilities and destinations.
Owning a car may not be a necessity, because public transport options are often convenient, easier, quicker, safer and cheaper.
The Heart Foundation works with a wide range of organisations to help create healthier cities, where spaces and places work for people.
People are the heart of cities. Let’s make cities work for our hearts.
The Heart Foundation is the Gold Sponsor of this year's Planning Institute of Australia's Annual Congress in Canberra on 24 March 2013. For more information on this event, click here.