Approaches to Healthier Environment
Shared Use Paths and Trails: Part of a transportation circulation system that supports multiple recreation opportunities, such as walking, bicycling, and inline skating. A shared-use path typically has a surface that is asphalt, concrete, or firmly packed crushed aggregate. Shared-use paths can provide both a transportation and recreation function.
Reasonable walking distance: One mile is considered a reasonable distance to walk.
Walk to School Initiative: A
community-based program (e.g., Safe Routes to School) that aims to
increase opportunities for daily physical activity by encouraging
children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied by adults. At
the same time, the program advocates for communities to build
partnerships with the school, PTA, local police department, department
of public works, civic associations, local politicians, and businesses
to create an environment that is supportive of walking and bicycling to
Comprehensive School Wellness Policy
Mixed Land Use: The use of safe and well-maintained sidewalks, crosswalks, bicycle paths, trails, parks, recreational facilities, and community designs featuring mixed-use development (e.g., mixing residential and commercial in same area) and a connected grid of streets.
Traffic Calming Measures: The combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use and improve conditions for non-motorized street users.
Greenways: Open space corridors that can be managed for conservation, recreation, and/or alternative transportation. Greenways often follow natural or existing land or water features such as ridgelines, stream valleys, rivers, canals, utility corridors, abandoned rail lines and others.
Road Diet: A road diet is a technique in transportation planning whereby a road is reduced in number of travel lanes and/or effective width in order to achieve systemic improvements (for walking and bicycling).
Advantages of urban agriculture:
Urban agriculture may be done on land owned by a community group, institution, municipality, land trust, or some other entity.
Characteristics of community gardening initiatives comprise: land and supply procurement; organization of participants; reduction of barriers to fresh produce; production of primary or alternative source of fresh produce; and entrepreneurial gardens.
Supermarket Accessibility: Residents in the community living within a 3 mile radius of a supermarket.
A free or reduced-price membership, which is fully and/or partially
financially supported by the employer. Examples include: Transportation
passes & gym memberships
Flextime for Employees: the work hours established by the employer are changed at the request of the employee. A flexible work arrangement is often requested by an employee who is trying to successfully meet work obligations while fulfilling a personal need or concern. Examples include: telecommuting, compressed work week, and flextime.