Healthy Built Environment

built environment

Improving health by improving the environments in which we live.

WHAT IS THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT?

The built environment refers to the human-made or modified physical surroundings in which people live, work, and play. These places and spaces include our homes, communities, schools, workplaces, parks/recreational areas, business areas, and transportation systems, and vary in size from large-scale urban areas to smaller rural developments.

WHY LINK COMMUNITY DESIGN, PLANNING AND HEALTH?

How we design our communities is vitally important to our health and well-being. Planning decisions such as zoning, transportation systems and community design significantly influence health. Consider, for instance, the distances people must travel to work, the convenience of buying healthy foods, or the safety of a park: these factors can promote good nutrition, physical activity and increase leisure time. The outcome can be better mental and physical health.

HOW DOES ISLAND HEALTH INFLUENCE THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT?

Our Healthy Built Environment program works to promote health by collaborating with municipal planners, community organizations and other stakeholders. More specifically, Environmental Health is expanding on their traditional regulatory roles to include the broader public health perspective, such as:

  • emphasize neighbourhood design where people can easily connect with each other and a variety of day-to-day services
  • promote safe and accessible transportation systems that incorporate a diversity of transportation modes and place priority on physically active transportation
  • advocate for a built environment where natural environments are protected and natural elements are incorporated
  • encourage a built environment that includes access to and availability of healthy and safe food
  • support for affordable, accessible, and good quality housing for all that is free of hazards and enables people to engage in activities of daily living

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Island Health asks for public’s assistance in appropriate emergency department use

Island Health is asking people to do their part to ensure our hospital emergency departments can continue to meet the care needs of patients experiencing medical emergencies.

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Island Health rebooking all June 29 COVID-19 immunization appointments at Glacier Gardens in Comox

Due to the extreme heat wave that is currently affecting British Columbia, Island Health is rebooking all COVID-19 immunization appointments that were scheduled on Tuesday, June 29 at Glacier Gardens in Comox. 

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Island Health reschedules some immunization appointments due to extreme heat

Due to the extreme heat wave that is currently affecting British Columbia, Island Health is rebooking some COVID-19 immunization appointments in Langford and Comox.

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