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North Van walkabouts teach residents how healthy living is planned
Walkabout tours of North Vancouver this summer are designed to show residents how their community's sidewalks, parks, trails and gardens can be built to encourage healthy lifestyles.
Each event starts will a tapas dinner and a presentation by former provincial health officer Dr. John Millar, followed by an interactive walkabout guided by civic planners.
The first "Shaping Active, Health Communities" walking tour and dinner takes place on July 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Grouse Inn.
The events also provide a way for residents to get to know their local planners, to engage in planning processes and to help shape the future of their community. Participants will become more aware of how local decisions on land use and transportation directly impact their ability to make healthy choices and reduce their risk of chronic diseases.
"These walkability events are excellent ways to engage with residents and get feedback from them on what's working and what isn't in their neighbourhoods," said District of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton.
Elements that influence lifestyle choices like the width of streets, the presence of well-lit sidewalks, parks, community gardens and trails and the location of schools, shops and jobs relative to homes will be looked.
"This interactive walking tour series is a creative and direct approach to engaging our citizens with their neighbourhoods and their active transportation infrastructure needs in order to support a more walkable and healthy community," said City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto.
Two additional walkabouts in the City and District of North Van are planned for September.
To RSVP contact Teresa Tang at 604-730-7364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.