Healthy Eating Active Living

PeppersCouncil Approval

The City Council approved the Healthy Eating Active Living amendments at its Feb. 7, 2012 hearing. The enactment reading took place on March 6, 2012. The amendments became effective on April 5, 2012.

What is Healthy Eating Active Living?

Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) promotes equitable access and opportunities to healthy, affordable food and to active living. It examines how health may be affected by the built environment by promoting access to food options and physical activity through daily routines. This may be encouraged through many methods:

  • BikingAccess to full-service grocery stores
  • Promoting community-based agriculture through community gardens and edible landscaping
  • Ensuring a connected sidewalk and bicycle path network
  • Promoting complete streets
  • Ensuring access to public transit
  • Promoting equitable and increased access to parks

The equity element of Healthy Eating Active Living examines how access and opportunities vary in different segments of a community. The community may be examined through different geographies and different traits of the population such as by race, ethnicity, age, and socio-economic status.

Skate ParkThis effort was funded through the Multnomah County Healthy Department, Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program.

Project Description

This Council Work Plan project examined the Community Development Plan through a health and equity lens and assessed how current policies related to the built environment achieve healthy eating and active living goals.

Project Documents


VolkswalkCity Council Memo 

Code Amendments 

Executive Summary 

National Policy Scan 

Comprehensive Plan Audit 

Comprehensive Plan Scan Recommendations 

June 28, 2011 Community Forum Summary 

April 6, 2011 Open House