Transforming city streetscapes to increase children’s activity levels and healthy food consumption, a plan of incremental change
Designing Healthy Corridors is a plan to transform popular city streets and avenues to boost children’s activity levels and consumption of healthy food as a way to fight the obesity epidemic in America. The plan is a series of incremental changes that could makeover the places families walk in their everyday lives. We propose 6 steps from program design through evaluation that is intended to alter the existing street infrastructure in cities, including sidewalks, roadways, and public spaces to promote increased physical activity and consumption of healthier foods. Our plan includes adding activities on and along sidewalks, and increasing the availability of healthy, fresh, ready-to-eat foods through incentives for vendors.
We are Amy R. Confair, MPH, a public health professional working at Drexel University School of Public Health, and Ed Confair, MLA, a landscape designer working at a landscape architecture and urban design firm. Amy received her Master of Public Health and Community-Based Public Health Certificate from Johns Hopkins, and Ed received his Master Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. We live in downtown Philadelphia, PA, which inspires many of our ideas for improvements that could impact the health and wellness of urban residents. We are passionate about advancing the link between public health and urban design, and we welcome suggestions regarding venues like this competition to submit our ideas and find new opportunities. To contact us, please email ConfairDesign@gmail.com. We are grateful to participate in this competition and look forward to future endeavors.