Healthy Active by Design – A Heart Foundation Approach
Healthy Active by Design, a national resource of the Heart Foundation showcases features of the built environment that can make it easier for Australians to be more active and improve their heart health. It’s a cause the Heart Foundation has been passionate about since its inception more than 60 years ago.
One way to improve heart health is to increase physical activity levels – and the Heart Foundation knows that improving the design of our cities, towns, streets and buildings makes it easier for Australians to get moving.
Alongside its internationally recognised research and community education, the Heart Foundation advocates for environmental and behavioural changes to provide all Australians with opportunities to be healthy and active throughout their lives in the places they live, study, work and play.
Healthy Active by Design is vital part of that advocacy.
The resource supports planners, developers, local governments and communities. It provides the best-available evidence, practical advice and checklists to help with the development of healthy neighbourhoods and communities that promote walking, cycling and an active public life.
Developers have a key role to play in contributing to lasting health outcomes for communities, as illustrated by more than 160 case studies on the Healthy Active by Design website.
One example is Allara Estate, which is a thriving residential estate developed by DevelopmentWA and Satterley. Guided by transit-oriented development principles, the Development Contribution Plan has specified the inclusion of a number of facilities for the area, such as district playing fields, an indoor recreation centre and multi-use hard courts. At the heart of Allara, near the future neighbourhood centre is Kinkuna Park and Waterplay, which has become a destination for the surrounding community and connects to a network of pathways around the estate. It is due to this extensive planning and delivery of early amenity, that Allara Estate has attained all six leaves under EnviroDevelopment.
The Healthy Active by Design website has resources to inform best practice and advocate for the improvement of Australia’s places and spaces.