Plan4Health: Active Living Wayfinding

Lewis and Clark Public Health, on behalf of the local Healthy Communities Coalition, applied for and received a Plan4Health grant in 2014. The purpose of the grant is to develop an "Active Living Wayfinding System" for parks and along urban trails in the Helena area to increase participation in physical activity and improve access to nutritious food programs. 

The grant is part of a unique partnership between the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association.

Plan4Health is a 3-year project designed to strengthen the connection between the planning and public health professions. It recognizes the impact that the "built environment" has on all aspects of health and leverages the complementary expertise of planners and public health professionals to find innovative tactics to address tough problems.

With the support of the grant, dozens of Helena-area residents from many disciplines have been involved in designing a wayfinding system that not only connects people with healthy activities and food, but also meets the needs of people with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and wheelchair use. 

The group hopes that the system, which includes accessible signage, will be adopted community-wide. For more information, contact Karen Lane, Chronic Disease Prevention Programs Manager, 406-457-8960.

Artist's rendition of sign design