The Active Design Guidelines for healthy living

Blog Post 4. Identifying and collecting a design example

Written by Hyunjoung You

 

While I wrote blog post 2, I could obtain useful information that is related to the association between obesity and food advertising. Blog post 2 gave me opportunity to think how our environment affects our healthy living once again. Therefore, I looked back the issue of obesity and healthy living, and thought what we can do for this issue as a designer. I believed the most effective design for obesity and healthy living is good urban design. Urban design is the closet factor to people today, so urban design might influence public health positively if it is well designed to let people choose healthier choices.

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Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design

I found ‘The Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design’ is introduced by The New York City Departments of Design and Construction (DDC), Health and Mental Hygiene, Transportation (DOT), and City Planning. The Active Design Guidelines (2010) states the problems of obesity and with it type 2 diabetes are getting worse rapidly in New York City. It is caused by population’s over-consumption of calories, which is formed by the built environment in which we live, work, and play. The Guidelines aim to encourage physical activity by providing appropriate design of environment such as promoting stair climbing, walking, bicycling, transit use, active recreation, and healthy eating.

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Summer Streets is a program of the NYC Department of Transportation in which designated routes are temporarily closed to motor vehicles and opened to people for walking, bicycling, running, and exercising over multiple weekends. Park Avenue
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Research has suggested that greater land use mix is correlated with lower obesity. Partial land use male of New York City, showing the intense mix of land uses in the city.

 

Reference

 

City of New York, 2010, The Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design, viewed 18 August 2016, <https://centerforactivedesign.org/dl/guidelines.pdf&gt;

 

Perkins+Will, 2011, ‘A New Design Movement That Can Help Us Beat Obesity’, Fast Co Design, viewed 20 August 2016, <http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663272/a-new-design-movement-that-can-help-us-beat-obesity&gt;

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