Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New report describes community barriers to healthy living

Coloradans face significant barriers to healthy living due to community design and land use factors, according to a new report, Colorado in 2015: A ULI Survey of Views on Housing, Transportation and Community in Colorado. The survey, unveiled last Friday at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado event, offers insight into what Coloradans desire from the communities and places they call home. Key takeaways include:
  • Coloradoin2015Cover_200Thirty-four percent of Coloradans reported that their communities lack outdoor spaces to run, walk or exercise. This barrier varies significantly for Latino respondents (49 percent) and those making less than $25,000 per year (47 percent).
  • Forty-two percent of all Coloradans, 58 percent of Latino and 54 percent of low-income respondents stated that the bike lanes in their communities are insufficient.
  • Access to fresh, healthy food and dangers from crime and traffic are not widespread concerns for all Coloradans but they do disproportionately affect Latino and low-income populations.
  • High or top priority community attributes include: the quality of the environment (87 percent), access to healthy food (79 percent), green space (64 percent) and walkability (58 percent).
Findings from the report reveal that Coloradans have a strong desire for communities that support healthy living. At the Foundation, we believe building places that promote healthy living will help us achieve our vision of making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. Our partnership with ULI in the development of this survey will better galvanize key groups to drive the movement toward creating the health-centric communities Coloradans desire.View Colorado in 2015 to learn more.

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