Certified Healthy is a culmination of all of the best planning principles and practices developed over the years with the addition of established health care principles. Certified Healthy integrates planning elements such as environmentally sensitive planning where the natural systems of a site are respected and enhanced, context sensitive design, smart streets, pedestrian scaled, integration of BMP’s including LID, green alleys, and sustainable practices.
Planning principles are then supplemented with a foundation of providing residents with easily accessible healthy choices for exercise, food and health care. When implemented Certified Healthy criteria actively discourage unhealthy behavior while encouraging healthy behavior. Creative solutions are encouraged but a disciplined approach is also required so that logical and obvious choices are not overlooked.