Time to Think of Public Health in Planning

A Utah professor says it's time for planners to think more like public health professionals. The Utah Dept. of Health concurs, saying, most cities in Utah discourage daily physical activity.

"Instead of discouraging healthy behavior -- some Utah cities don't require sidewalks and officially disdain bicycle lanes -- she says it's time they recognize they are on the front lines of making Utahns fit or fat.

So the professor, who teaches both planning and health, undertook a six-month-long effort to survey Utah cities' ordinances to see whether they promote healthy behaviors such as walking, biking and eating nutritious food."

Full Story: Utah cities starting to consider lifestyles when approving developments

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