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

Several years ago, Austin Public Health (formerly Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services) started a process of talking to residents, City leaders, and other stakeholders in the school, healthcare, government, and nonprofit arenas about the challenges our community faces in eating healthy and being physically active. We learned a lot of new information that contributed to a community discussion, which ultimately led to the nine strategic recommendations we are moving forward with as a springboard for action.

This site isn’t just about us! If you are a resident, community leader, or stakeholder that wants to share your own success story in changing the nutrition and physical activity environment, implementing a policy change, or modifying a system that makes it easier to make healthy choices, please click on Connect and let us know about it!

Austin Public Health is looking to fund place-based projects to prevent chronic disease in areas of Austin and Travis County with health disparities. Projects can be up to $2500 and should focus on making a lasting change.

Projects should focus on one or more of these topics:
• Active Living
• Tobacco-free Living
• Healthy Eating
• Community Gardens
• Healthy Food Pantries
• Breastfeeding support

Applications are due Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5pm. See application for more details. Check out our FAQ document for additional help.

Thanks so much to everyone who has helped keep Healthy Places, Healthy People moving forward. We are proud to launch our new site and the resources we have available to help individuals and organizations create healthier spaces where they live, work, play and learn.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out all of the great local success stories we have captured on film and posted throughout the site, and on our YouTube page. We hope you find the site useful and the stories inspirational. Please let us know what we can do to help you take action now!

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 approach to reducing chronic disease in Austin/Travis County. More information to come soon!