Active Living

Physical activity is a critical component in reducing obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. There are many factors that impact one's ability to be physically active active including the built environment.

Built environment is simply the infrastructure that makes up our community surroundings – human-built structures such as homes, schools and workplaces, transportation systems including sidewalks, roads and rail; green spaces such as parks and trails; and our energy and water networks. These factors affect numerous choices we make every day that can impact our health, including how we commute to work, what we eat, drink and breathe, and how we play.

HCF envisions built environments that promote healthy lifestyles — communities with safe roads, clean air and water, sustainable buildings, adequate outdoor space for the community — so that all individuals have the best opportunity to live healthy lives.




  • The Brookings Institution, May 2011.

  • League of American Bicyclists

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  • Serving a diverse national community of organizations that advocates for and promotes the practice of safe bicycling and walking to and from schools throughout the United States.

  • Acts as a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, empower and engage Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

  • Uniting the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.

  • Improving the quality of life for individuals in the United States and its territories through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles by fostering and supporting Governor's and State Councils on physical fitness and sports.

  • Alliance for Biking and Walking, January 2010.

  • A volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by helping schools become healthier places and our kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn.

  • The Commonwealth Fund, May 2010

  • Prevention Institute, July 2004.

  • University of California-Berkeley.

  • Alliance for Biking and Walking, January 2010



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