Factors that determine the health of a neighbourhood can be complex.
Like people, health can depend on physical activity. So in Edmonton, a community with recreational assets such as a gym, a playground, a soccer field or hockey rinks can be a sign of a healthy neighbourhood.
Then there’s diet. People need a healthy diet, so are grocery stores and restaurants (the non-fast food variety) a sign of a healthy community? And what about genetics? Who lived in this neighbourhood before? What has been passed down from generation to generation.
Kalen Anderson with the City of Edmonton is the director of urban policy and recently identified Edmonton’s healthiest neighbourhoods for Avenue Magazine.
Walkability and transit access