A healthy city is an active city: a physical activity by By Peggy Edwards and Agis D. Tsouros

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Although sports organizations still form the context for physically active leisure time for many people, Stage 2: preparing a plan people increasingly tend to participate in more individual activities, such as swimming for exercise or going to an exercise facility. Action strategies in leisure and sport settings ƒ Support sport and outdoor recreation organizations and encourage them to broaden their activities to attract new participants who are not as athletically inclined: for example, promoting and facilitating Nordic walking, hiking and non-competitive activities.

Promotional information and mass-media campaigns to encourage physical activity are most effective when used as part of a comprehensive campaign and strategy involving multiple interventions (Box 12). There is inevitably a long list of potential activities. Tool 7 (Part 3) provides a checklist of several criteria that can be used to select which activities to pursue in both the long and short term. Planners should play special attention to interventions that will reduce inequity in physical activity in particular parts of the city and among specific groups.

Do you feel comfortable talking with people you meet while out for a walk? ) Number of reported injuries and collisions with pedestrians and cyclists Number of reported crimes in neighbourhood Number of reported attacks and injuries by unleashed dogs Presence of a community police force Presence of neighbourhood watch programmes Do you feel safe walking in your neighbourhood? Walking to work or school? Please explain why or why not. Do you feel safe cycling in your neighbourhood? Cycling to work or school?

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