Environments in which people live, work, study and have their recreation can be designed or altered to increase physical activity, healthy eating, and safety and wellbeing.
Influence over the built environment is considered a key preventive health strategy in encouraging healthy physical activities such as cycling and walking.
There is also a growing evidence base linking the natural environment with good physical health and psychological wellbeing.
Land use design
Land use design can support safe, socially cohesive and inclusive communities and healthy lifestyles. This includes pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods, accessible open spaces for recreation and leisure, networks of high quality cycling paths, conveniently located public transport and food environments that encourage healthy diets.
Environments for Health
Environments for Health provides a standard reference for councils for planning liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities.
Healthy by Design
The Heart Foundation Victoria’s Healthy by Design: A planners’ guide to environments for active living assists councils to implement urban design principles that create healthy and active local communities.
Alignment of the MPHWP with councils’ land use plans
The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
requires council MPHWPs to be consistent with the corporate plans of the councils and the councils’ land use plans as required by the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS).