Active living is all about incorporating physical activity and movement into everyday activities. For example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or biking to work are part of an active lifestyle. Increasing daily physical activity can prevent obesity and promote health for people of all ages.
Plan4Health coalitions approach active living by considering how the built environment supports or hinders active living. Do neighborhoods have sidewalks, bike lanes, and calm traffic? Are there trees, parks, and trails that are safe and accessible for everyone? Plan4Health coalitions have worked in many different ways to improve the policies, governing systems, and environments that impact these aspects of active living in their efforts to make healthy communities where people live, learn, work and play.