In this context, the consideration of health through the tactics of design is a critical area to consider. Design interventions can help create healthier communities and make an enormous difference in health outcomes. Public policy decisions matter and our Local Leaders report documents the initiatives and policy choices being made by cities across the country.
Look for examples in our cities, from New York to Nashville to Seattle and places in-between. Active design is being integrated into the urban fabric of New York City and innovative policies are activating and promoting healthy living. Nashville is committed to becoming the “Healthiest City in the South” by creating an active culture and committing resources to promote walking, biking, and transit. Seattle is envisioning the future through the creation of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict with healthier buildings, better mobility, improved access to fresh foods, and more social equity. These policies provide templates for other cities looking for design solutions to create healthier communities.