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Building Healthy Communities: The Intersection between Health and City Planning

September 29, 2023 2:40 pm
2023 Fall Conference

In our modern society, the relationship between health and city planning has become increasingly significant. The design and organization of our communities can have a profound impact on the well-being and quality of life of the people who inhabit them. This presentation will delve into the fascinating and vital intersection between health and city planning, exploring how the two fields can collaborate to create healthier, more sustainable communities.

We will examine the various ways in which urban planning practices directly influence public health outcomes. We will explore the concept of “healthy cities” and discuss Get Healthy Utah’s Healthy Utah Community Designation that Utah cities and towns can be awarded. Community design strategies are part of the designation’s three focus areas of active living, access to healthy food, and mental health. We will highlight some of the strategies such as access to green spaces, walkability, the integration of active transportation, land use policies and zoning regulations for healthy food access, and spaces for social connectedness. Learn about Utah success stories and walk away with actions you can take to plan and build healthy communities.



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