Renfrew County and District Health Unit works with municipalities and community partners to create a built environment that supports good health.
The built environment is defined as the human-made places where people live, work, learn, and play. Buildings, parks, roads, land use patterns, and population density are features of the built environment. Their design affects our ability to make healthy choices and to reduce our risk of injury and exposure to health hazards.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit encourages municipalities to create tobacco-free spaces that are not included in the SFOA. Smoke-free laws, regulations and policies that help reduce people’s exposure to second-hand smoke are important and add to provincial efforts to stop tobacco-related illness and death. Renfrew County and District Health Unit can provide support and assist you with developing smoke-free policies. We also provide signs for community parks, playgrounds and sports fields.
Age-Friendly Community Planning
We can work with you to create a plan that includes policies, services and facilities that support older people to live in a secure environment, enjoy good health and continue to participate in their communities.
Municipal Alcohol Policies
The Health Unit can assist with creating or updating your municipal alcohol policy. By developing these policies through a community-involved process, communities can manage alcohol use better and reduce alcohol-related problems at municipal events.
Food and Beverage Policies
The Health Unit can collaborate with you to create a food environment where healthy foods and beverages are the norm. A healthy food environment is supportive of and encourages healthy choices by making healthy foods and beverages available, appealing and affordable.
For more information or for assistance with developing policies, call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 ext. 666.