Building Healthy Communities
The Building Healthy Communities Program began in 2005 in order to reduce the risk of chronic diseases by increasing physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco-free environments. HP/DP staff have partnered with community coalitions throughout the county to make it easier for residents to enjoy safe activity through recreation and transportation. Local projects have included installing bike racks, building new trails, improving parks, and passing non-motorized plans and “Complete Streets” policies. For more information, contact Lily Guzman at guzmanL@ewashtenaw.org or (734) 544-2983.
"Complete Streets" are streets designed with pedestrians, bicyclists, and persons with disabilities in mind -- they enable safe transportation and physical activity for people of all ages. HP/DP staff have provided technical assistance to communities in Washtenaw County such as Saline, Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Township, and the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study. For more information, contact Lily Guzman at guzmanL@ewashtenaw.org or (734) 544-2983.
Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School is a federal program to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to walk and bike to school. In addition to the physical activity benefits for children, SRTS initiatives help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students' readiness to learn in school. HP/DP staff have facilitated SRTS teams throughout the county. For more information, contact Amanda Naugle at email@example.com or (734) 544-2973.
For additional information on physical activity, visit the following websites:
Healthy Communities state initiatives at www.mihealthtools.org/mihc.
Michigan Complete Streets Coalition at http://www.micompletestreets.org/
Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition at www.wbwc.org
Health Improvement Plan presentations/reports on health related topics in Washtenaw County.
Schools health promotion activities in Washtenaw County.