Municipal by-laws can support or hinder healthy, active community design and development. The Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (2014), recommends that municipal by-laws that restrict opportunities for active outdoor play should be challenged. Moreover, public health and health promotion professionals are being encouraged to work collaboratively with municipal decision makers and community stakeholders to influence the development of health-enhancing municipal by-laws (e.g., by-laws that support physical activity, access to healthy foods).
The purpose of this webinar is to share resources developed by Public Health Ontario that support municipal by-law development. Participants will be oriented to a newly released municipal by-law and public health primer and an overview of resources to support efforts to create healthy communities through by-law development.
Who should attend?
We recommend this session for anyone seeking definitions, tools, resources and/or an organized approach to support, influence or develop municipal by-laws that support healthy choices.This session may be useful to frontline staff, managers and/or team leaders who train, advise or facilitate staff, community stakeholders and/ or volunteers.
Kim Bergeron is a health promotion consultant focusing on healthy public policy and by-law development with the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention department at Public Health Ontario. She has over nineteen years of experience working within and alongside the Ontario public health system to facilitate multidisciplinary partnerships to create healthy, sustainable communities. She has provided consulting services to a number of provincial government programs working towards policy change, program development, and improving standards of practice. Kim holds a doctorate in kinesiology and health studies with a focus on health and the built environment from Queen’s University and a master of health studies from Athabasca University.
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
• Contextualize municipal by-laws as a specific type of healthy public policy
• Analyze the opportunities and challenges related to influencing municipal by-law development
• Reflect on how the information provided can be applied to their own area of work
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