The towns taking on wellbeing
FROM EASIER ACTIVE COMMUTES TO CATERING TO RESIDENT’S EMOTIONAL NEEDS, TOWN PLANNING IS GETTING IN ON THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING ZEITGEIST
As the world wakes up to the importance of everyday wellness, governments around the globe are beginning to invest more in practical ways to improve the wellbeing of their populations. One exciting area of change is in the creation of built environments that naturally support a healthy lifestyle. In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) has introduced a Healthy New Towns programme, with a plan to create 10 campuses in commuter locations around the country, especially designed for living well. This would mean positive steps like creating fast food-free zones around schools, easy routes for commuting via walking and cycling, and care services embedded in the community so that seniors can live independently for longer with help on hand.
Big developers are also getting in on the act with housing complexes such as The District, a ‘Healthytown’ complex in Florida, US. This development implicitly encourages wellbeing by making it easy for its residents to be active through bike paths and fitness centres but also ensures that their emotional and spiritual needs are met with theatres and museums, counselling services and community gardens. As obesity and anxiety and depression rates continue to rise around the world, this sounds like a solid plan for a healthier future.
ONE EXCITING AREA IS IN BUILT ENVIRONMENTS THAT SUPPORT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE