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Encouraging healthy lifestyles

There is a lot of evidence that the design and planning of places has a big influence on our health, through making it easier to live healthy lifestyles. We need to reduce pressure on our health services by preventing health issues from occurring or worsening, whilst ensuring that support, services and facilities are available at the right time for the community. We need to consider:

  • How to enable people to live healthy and long lives in their own homes, and to access the right kind of housing for their needs.

  • How planning and development can encourage walking, cycling and exercise as part of daily life.

  • Tackling loneliness and mental health issues through creating places that offer natural sociability, interaction and access to nature.

  • Ensuring a range of shops and services, and facilities like allotments, that ensure communities can access healthy and affordable food.

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