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An online tool to help planners create cities and towns which allow and encourage West Australians to get more daily physical activity, thus improving health and well-being, is now available.
The innovative West Australia specific Healthy active by design guideline was launched by the Heart Foundation at the Perth Cultural Centre last week. More than 150 planners, urban designers and related professionals were introduced to this free tool which provides information for health community development, sports and recreation groups.
The Guideline includes practical guidance on nine key design features, check lists, local case-studies, inspiring high quality examples of projects from around the world, and links to evidence.
'Globally, there is strong evidence on the link between health and the places where we live,' said Heart Foundation Director of Cardiovascular Health Trevor Shilton. 'With overweight and obesity on the rise, it's essential we provide environments that prevent and reduce the effects of these and other conditions which lead to chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.'
Mr Shilton stated that in a well planned environment, the community is likely to be more physically active, socially connected, happier and healthier. 'The Heart Foundation works in partnership with a wide range of industry, government, non-government and academic partners to achieve positive change, and this guideline is one example,' he said.
Source: Heart Foundation