Both community-wide and neighborhood-specific urban planning and policy development interventions are effective in increasing physical activity. Urban policy and zoning strategies for increasing physical activity include both community-scale urban planning and policy approaches and street-scale urban design that change the environment to make physical activity easier.Examples of community-scale urban planning and policy development strategies include zoning regulations, building codes, permitting policies, land use regulations, and growth and development standards. Street-scale urban planning and policy development strategies generally focus on particular neighborhoods. Common components of street-scale urban design include traffic control measures, noise reduction, crime prevention, litter reduction, safety enforcement (e.g., improved lighting or street crossing signals), and sidewalk continuity.
Convergence Partnership’s Promising Strategies for Creating Healthy Eating & Active Living
The Community Guide by the Community Prevention Services Task Force