Healthy Built Environment
Communities that are built to support and promote physical activity are key to enhancing our ability to be active and healthy.
Community partners are working together to promote, advocate and enhance regular outdoor physical activity and play that is appropriate for a variety of residents living in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.
A healthy community is designed to promote:
- safe routes for walking and cycling to work, school, shopping and home
- access to parks and other amenities
- access to recreation programs and other health services
- access to outdoor spaces for all ages and abilities for play and transportation
- access to healthy food
Physical Activity Data
Children and Youth Data
Consider the opportunities that are available for the children and youth in your community. See the Rural Youth’s After School Experience Discussion Paper to find out what local youth had to say about how they spend their time, and how they feel about it.
How Active Are Canadian Children and Youth? Every year, Canada is assessed to see how active children are. Each year, different themes related to physical activity and sedentary time are explored and graded.
2016 The Importance of Sleep
2015 The Importance of Risky Play and Nature
2014 How We Are Doing Compared to Other Countries
2013 How Much Kids Travel Using Active Transportation
2012 Active Play vs Screen Time
The following are some resources to assist communities in providing high quality recreation programs:
- Rural Recreation Association (RRA) works to facilitate planning, professional development, communication, and the sharing of resources between individuals and organizations involved in physical activity and recreation.
- PlaySport.net has ideas for games and equipment for your local programs.
- There are local supports available to help residents access and participate in local recreation programming. For other ideas on providing affordable, accessible programs, see PRO resources.
- Building Healthier Food Environments within Recreation Spaces explains how recreation facilities are ideal locations to promote a healthy food environment, as they already support physical activity and active lifestyles.
- Getting Started with Healthy Eating in Your Recreation Setting is a resource package to promote the concept of healthy food environments within your recreation facilities. It provides details on the essential elements of a healthy recreation food environment, a business case, contract inclusions, sample policy recommendations, local success stories, and an extensive resource list.
Municipalities and their partners can play a supportive role in the development of community gardens. Read about the successful Gananoque Community Garden and find out what the Neighbourhood Tomato Groups are up to in Lanark. See a list of current growing and gathering food activities in foodcoreLGL’s Food Inventory.
Do you have a kitchen space that could support opportunities for community groups to cook and eat together? Visit our Food Safety webpage to learn how to ensure your kitchen is safe by involving a Public Health Inspector.
Get Youth Involved
Invite youth to work with communities and municipalities to share their ideas. Help to create youth friendly environments and promote youth engagement and positive youth development. Ensure policies, infrastructure and programming include youth, not only as a target, but also as leaders and advocates.