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Healthy Places: Designing an Active Colorado is an initiative to inspire and support the development of healthy communities. Through community-led processes, Healthy Places will help Colorado communities become healthier places to live, work and play. The initiative aims to increase physical activity by fostering a built environment where it is easier, safer and more appealing to walk, play and engage in daily activities that encourage movement, connection and fun.
In late 2012, the Foundation received 26 requests for participation for the Healthy Places initiative from communities across the Colorado.
Among those, the three communities selected to participate in the initiative are:
- The southeast portion of Arvada (a suburb in metro Denver)
- Lamar (a small town in rural southeastern Colorado)
- Westwood (an urban neighborhood in southwest Denver)
These three communities were chosen based on need, location diversity, and existing level of community activism and interest.
To kick off the initiative, each of the three communities participated in week long panel process with the Urban Land Institute (ULI). ULI’s expert panelists assessed community needs, interviewed stakeholders and generated initial recommendations for building communities that promote physically active lifestyles.
For questions regarding Healthy Places, please contact Hillary Fulton, senior program officer - Healthy Living, 303.953.3626.