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A healthy community is a community that makes it easier for people to maintain a high quality of life and productivity, making the healthy choice the easy choice.
A healthy community design offers opportunities for people to be physically active and socially engaged as part of their daily routine, improving the physical and mental health of its residents. Environments such as our homes, schools, workplaces and neighbourhoods can either encourage, or discourage health. For example, our environment can make it very difficult to be physically active if there is a lack of bike lanes, facilities, sidewalks, and places to go within a short commute.
This section provides information on healthy communities and community design as it pertains to issues such as: physical activity, safety, community cohesion, access to local food, transit and air quality.
What is the Elgin-St Thomas Healthy Communities Partnership?
The Elgin St. Thomas Healthy Communities Partnership is a local community group that works to identify and advocate for healthy public policies that ensure the healthy choice is the easier choice in our community. The Partnership is funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport and membership includes staff and/or elected officials from most area municipalities, community members and local developers.
Locally, the partnership has the mandate to undertake the following:
In 2011, the Partnership completed the Elgin St. Thomas Community Picture which is a compilation of local reports, statistics, community input and recommended actions for our community.
Other Website Links:
Draft Checklist For Planners To Design Active Communities
Halliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit
Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide Hamilton: A City for ALL Ages Healthy Community Design: Policy Statements for Official Plans Making the Case for Active Transportation Shaping Active Healthy Communities
World Health Organization
Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA)
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute
A Heart and Stroke Foundation built environment toolkit for change
Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide
Hamilton: A City for ALL Ages
Healthy Community Design: Policy Statements for Official Plans
Making the Case for Active Transportation
Shaping Active Healthy Communities
A menu of program activities to engage the community in the creation of environments that support walking