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Community Strategies

Activity-Friendly Community

Creating or modifying environments to make it easier for people to walk or bike is a strategy that not only helps increase physical activity, but can make our communities better places to live. Communities designed to support physical activity are often called active communities. The Guide to Community Preventive Services recommends strategies to increase physical activity that are related to walkability—community-scale urban design, street-scale urban design, and improving access to places for physical activity (including providing maps and descriptive information).

Check out the resources below for even more ways to increase physical activity in the community.

BE Active: Connecting Routes + Destinations

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This package of resources can help state and local health departments, public health professionals, and community organizations as they aim to build more activity-friendly communities. To increase physical activity, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends built environment approaches that combine one or more interventions to improve pedestrian or bicycle transportation systems (activity-friendly routes) with one or more land use and community design interventions (everyday destinations).

Additional Resources

Physical Activity in the Community

External Resources

Zoning for Walkability

Zoning regulations can be used to foster walkable communities. The following resources relate to this strategy.

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