Physical activity and active play are an essential part of being healthy but these behaviors are often dependent upon environmental supports such as sidewalks, safe places to bike and accessible parks, trails and open space. From supporting North Carolina’s Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian plan in partnership with the NC Department of Transportation to investing in a connected network of trails in collaboration with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, we work with partner organizations to ensure that everyone can access places to be active and play.
Strategy: Active Places
To achieve long term change around healthy environments, it is critical to design those places and spaces as a core elements of every community. To support the creation of more active spaces for North Carolinians, our strategy focuses on planning, promotion, and consumer demand for places and spaces for physical activity. Our investments have ranged from local to statewide efforts on projects such as system-wide comprehensive parks and recreation plans, health impact assessments and bicycle and pedestrian plans. Additionally, we recognize that North Carolina has a bounty of resources in our local, state and national parks, so we have supported innovative programming to get individuals out and active on existing trails, while also working with parks and recreation and health professionals to raise the visibility of parks, trails, and open space as critical factors for community health.