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Trailnet's Healthy Active and Vibrant Communities Toolkit


Trailnet's Healthy, Active & Vibrant Community Toolkit

The Toolkit is focused on creating long-term solutions to address the obesity epidemic. However, we built on this core focus to provide you with a series of recommendations that go well beyond combating obesity and focus on creating communities that foster the highest quality of life and independence for residents young, old, and in between. We believe that the recommendations in the Toolkit, if implemented in a way that is sensitive to the social and physical character and context of your community, will strengthen social bonds, increase sense of safety, help define your community's identity, attract new local businesses, and of course, lead to healthier individuals.

Trailnet convened a multi-disciplinary team to develop the Healthy, Active & Vibrant Community Toolkit which consisted of healthcare providers, urban planners, architects, green building professionals, public health researchers, dietitians, educators, community organizers, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates.  The recommendations are intended to lead to long-term, institutionalized change by focusing on solutions that address policies, environments, and social networks.

Website: www.trailnet.org
Blog: trailnetstl.blogspot.com

Trailnet's mission is to lead in fostering healthy and active communities through innovative programs, planning, and policy that promote walking and bicycling.

Primary Toolkit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Active Living, Chronic Disease, Community Design, Health Policy, Land Use, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity, School, Transportation Planning, Zoning


Institutional Author:

Trailnet Inc.





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