Building Healthy Places Toolkit

The Center for Active Design is excited to announce the release of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) new toolkit for building professionals, Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing the Built Environment. Funded by the Colorado Health Foundation and the estate of Melvin Simon, this toolkit is a practical guide for real estate developers that expands on the growing practice of using health evidence to inform design thinking.

The Center for Active Design has acted as the expert content provider to ULI’s Building Healthy Places initiative over the last two years. The resulting toolkit provides a series of design recommendations that are separated into three sections: physical activity, healthy food/drinking water, and healthy environment/social well-being. Building Healthy Places is the outcome of extensive research and literature reviews, ensuring that all proposed strategies are rooted in evidence or industry best practices.

“It isn’t always obvious to real estate developers that they play a role in promoting public health,” said Executive Director Joanna Frank. “This publication bridges the knowledge gap by offering practical and implementable solutions that help our communities lead an active and healthy lifestyle.”