Studies show that people who live near parks, open spaces and playgrounds are more likely to be physically active. We also know that having nearby access to sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and greenways makes it easier for people to get routine exercise. To ensure equal access, The Health Collaborative is working with local government, schools and places of worship to make physical activity opportunities accessible for all.
Imagine a Dan River Region where:
- All residents have access to parks, trails or open space within a reasonable distance.
- Schools, places of worship and other community facilities that provide opportunities for unstructured physical activity are open to the public after hours.
- Walking and bicycling routes connect neighborhoods to destinations.
- Public and private development guidelines and policies promote healthy community design, including walking and bicycling infrastructure and access to public transportation.