Active communities are vibrant communities. You can help turn your community into a more active, livable, economically viable community by participating in the Promoting Active Communities (PAC) program. Increased opportunities for physical activity can provide improved air quality, higher real estate values and better public health. This program consists of a free online assessment tool designed to help communities evaluate local policies, programs, and environments and identify ways to promote and support physical activity. The PAC also consists of an awards system that recognizes communities for using innovative strategies to design active living environments. You can learn more and become an active living advocate in your hometown by visiting the PAC Web site at: www.mihealthtools.org/communities. Having healthy, walkable communities is also one of the goals in the Michigan Municipal League’s Center for 21st Century Communities program. Read more about that here.
Colleen Layton is a director with the Michigan Municipal League. She can be reached at (734) 669-6320 or at email@example.com.