Healthy Neighborhoods Support Healthier People

Safe physical play in childhood enables better learning in the classroom and builds active habits for life. But for many kids, a safe place to play is not steps from their home. The Safe Children Play Event is one example of how Healthy Neighborhoods can transform communities. Neighborhood streets would be closed to traffic, allowing children and their families to get out and bike, run, play ball, and enjoy the outdoors — free from worry about automobile traffic. Local fresh-food markets may also offer fruits and vegetables to encourage healthy eating. The Safe Children Play Event could take place on two weekday evenings and one weekend day in various neighborhoods.

Ideas for new community events and initiatives were recently presented to the Healthy Neighborhoods Consortium for review. Mini-grants will be rewarded later this year.

Get more information on upcoming Healthy Neighborhood Consortium meetings.