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

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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

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