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The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles will be a new Element in the Cityís General Plan and will elevate health as a priority for future growth and development. The General Plan is the blueprint for how and where the city will grow and develop, commonly known as the Cityís planning constitution. The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles will provide guidelines to make Los Angeles a healthier place to live, work and play.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health-driven design policies can improve peopleís health by minimizing the effects of climate change, improving access to healthy foods, reducing injuries, and making it easier for people to walk and bike. A growing body of research links the design of communities to some of the nationís most chronic health conditions, such as obesity, heart disease and mental health.

The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles is funded by a Community Transformation Grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and The California Endowment. The Department of City Planning hired Raimi + Associates to lead the project and engage Angelenos in the development of new health-based planning policies.

The first phase of the project focused on the preparation of the Health Atlas report, available here in two sections: The Health Atlas Text and the Health Atlas Maps. The Health Atlas is a data-informed analysis of over 100 health outcomes in Los Angeles, providing a snapshot of health conditions throughout the City.

The project team is partnering with City departments and various stakeholder groups to get input from residents on the barriers to healthy living and the opportunities for improvement. A draft of the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles will be available to the public in early 2014.