Goung Out for Health - Expert basis for designing green spaces to promote physical activity
(Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia 2017-2019)
The link between health and spatial planning is at several contextual levels. The purpose of the development of expert guidelines on spatial planning of green spaces for promoting physical activity of the population is to explore and present the quality factors of green spaces that are crucial for encouraging physical activity of the population and to provide a comprehensive overview of the various aspects relevant for appropriate spatial planning, renovation and management of green spaces to achieve a healthy, quality living environment that will promote and facilitate active, healthy lifestyles of the population of all ages and social groups.
Numerous studies have shown (e.g. Urban Green Spaces and Health. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2016) how the physical and mental health of the population depends (also) on the appropriate design of green spaces and how the design of green spaces has a direct impact on the level of public health. Approaches such as sustainable mobility, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, participation and co-creation in planning, integral/inclusive planning, accessibility for all, urban gardening/urban food production, etc. bring a number of important supporting aspects for more effective development of green spaces to promote physical activity of the population and create healthy living environments.
Going Out for Health leaflet: Expert basis for spatial planning of green areas aimed at promoting physical activities for citizens