Dynamic tool promotes integrated, accessible open space within communities

Foster, K. , 2004, Dynamic tool promotes integrated, accessible open space within communities, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Foster, K.
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : In March 2004, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that a combination of poor diet and physical inactivity now constitutes the second-most preventable form of death in the United States (CDC, March 2004). Nationally, 65 per cent of adults are overweight or obese, and unfortunately, Pennsylvania ranks near the top with nearly 70 per cent of Pennsylvanians at risk for health problems related to a lack of physical activity (CDC, June 2004). These statistics point to a strong need to assist communities in learning about the interrelationships between land use, transportation and physical activity, and how to more effectively plan for readily accessible open spaces and recreation. To address these issues, a multidisciplinary team created PennSCAPEs: Pennsylvania Strategies, Codes And People Environments. PennSCAPEs special communication format, with numerous graphics, interactive explanations and direct cross-reference links between related information, provides an engaging delivery system that makes these topics more accessible and understandable to citizens and local municipalities.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: multimedia, regulations, smart growth, healthy community design. [paper 6 p.]