Living Communities and Land Use Goal 4: include public health in land use planning and sustainability initiatives to encourage healthy communities
There is a strong correlation between the built environment and public health levels enjoyed by a community. The North Country is rich in outdoor recreation opportunities during all four seasons. Opportunities for community members of all ages to walk, hike, paddle, swim, ski, and bicycle provide simple ways to integrate health into daily activities. However, there is more to public health than recreation. It includes access to fresh and healthy food options, access to healthcare and wellness services, and minimizing potential threats from environmental contaminants. Community amenities also add to the overall well-being of an area and can include services such as transportation for the elderly and disadvantaged, mental health support services, and education and outreach to community members on available programs.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan