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We hope you’re all having a great summer kick-off! Over the next couple of months, you may notice changes taking place on the Healthy Places, Healthy People website. Some have already begun! Essentially, all of the great work done through the strategic planning process in 2010 is coming to fruition. The nine strategies recommended by the community now have funding, as well as a few other recommendations made since then- all in an effort to move forward in a comprehensive […]
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I have a couple of big announcements!  As you may have heard, the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) was recently awarded a $1,026,158 Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for fiscal year 2011-2012.  This grant will allow us to build on our current efforts to implement evidence-based policy, environmental, programmatic and infrastructure changes that address tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, increased use of high impact quality clinical preventive […]
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Austin is on the cusp of some big changes! There is an amazing amount of synergy in this community for maximizing resources and creating the Austin we want in the future. The Imagine Austin project is re-imagining and re-writing the City’s planning and development code, and will guide the ways in which our City and the outlying areas develop over the next 30 years. Possibilities are opening for more pedestrian and bike-friendly neighborhoods, recreation areas, and equitable access to healthy food options for all […]
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Last year during our strategic planning process, we held some focus groups and conducted surveys with residents who gave us some fantastic insight and ideas about what needed to be done to make it easier for their kids to walk or ride their bike to school. Aside from the much larger infrastructure issues like sidewalks, bike lanes, and safe crossings, one easy fix that came up multiple times was bike racks. That’s right, bike racks. One major problem was there […]
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Successes are Happening Here!

Healthy Places, Healthy People envisions a community where healthy foods are available in every neighborhood, schools are a place to learn lifelong healthy habits, workplaces understand that healthy employees are productive employees, parks encourage safe and healthy play, and sidewalks and bike lanes welcome families and commuters.

Healthy Places, Healthy People (HPHP) brings together local coalitions, businesses, non-profits, schools and everyday people to create lasting changes that make it easier for everyone to be healthier. The HPHP initiative is housed within Austin Public Health and staff are ready to work directly with you to make healthy changes happen.

HPHP is founded on the principle that many of the root causes of poor health are due to the way our environment is shaped around us; in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. By working together to change these spaces, we can make opportunities for active living and healthy eating available to everyone.

 

In Travis County, about two-thirds of adults and one-fifth of youth are overweight or obese. Having a healthy weight can help prevent chronic diseases, which account for 6 out of every 10 deaths in the county and the county millions of dollars each year. Travis County residents pay an extra $751 each year through taxes and insurance premiums in order to cover healthcare costs related to preventable disease. We must act together, now.

 

Together, we have the power to create a healthier Austin/Travis County.

Our staff are dedicated to working with you, step-by-step, to identify opportunities for healthy change and to make those changes happen. Let us share our resources and expertise with you to improve the health of the places we live, learn, work and play.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can partner together, contact us at HPHP@austintexas.gov or (512) 972-6460.

Source: Mortality Data, Center for Health Statistics, Texas Department of State Health Services, 2015