Physical Activity & Nutrition

Poor nutrition and physical inactivity are associated with a number of chronic conditions, including obesity, the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. We have been involved in initiatives to increase the health of Burlington’s residents. With funding from the Vermont Department of Health, we collaborated with and provided funding for community partners to assess and implement changes related to the following policy and environmental strategies:

  • Enhance Mixed Use Development

Community Partners: Local Motion

  • Create Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly Communities

Community Partners: Local Motion, Dealer.com, City of Burlington, Burlington Walk/Bike Council

  • Increase Access to Parks, Recreation Facilities and Open Space

Community Partners: Local Motion, Burlington Parks & Recreation

  • Increase Access to Healthy Food

Community Partners: UVM Center for Rural Studies

  • Healthy Food Assessment

Community Partners: UVM Center for Rural Studies

Improving access to healthy food: We contracted with the Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont to complete an assessment of the accessibility and availability of healthy food in Burlington. The report included evidence-based policy recommendations for improving Burlington’s infrastructure in supporting access to healthy food and good nutrition.  

The USDA Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit was the assessment tool used by the CRS between July 2013 and January 2014 and focused on five components of access to healthy food in Burlington:

  1. Consumer Make-Up,
  2. Logistics,
  3. Economics,
  4. Retail availability/Supply,
  5. Institutional and Other Availability/Supply.

The methods used, results and policy recommendations are presented in the Burlington Healthy Food Assessment Results

Improving walkability and bikeability: We contracted with Local Motion to complete assessments and implement action plans to improve the accessibility of walking and biking in Burlington. The following documents were created through that partnership with support for additional city documents:

Burlington “Go for Gold” Walk-Bike Blueprint

Burlington Parks & Recreation Master Plan


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