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WASHINGTON (April 23, 2015) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and building resilient communities, has been awarded a $170,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to continue its support for the Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, which seeks to engage ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places that improve the health of people and communities worldwide.
The Colorado Health Foundation grant to ULI will support three critical efforts within the Building Healthy Places Initiative. They include:
“Our renewed partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation will allow ULI to significantly expand the reach of the Building Healthy Places Initiative, which seeks to promote physical activity, access to fresh food, and other healthy lifestyle choices through innovative urban design and development,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “This generous support from the Foundation will enhance our ability to raise awareness of the many economic, environmental and social benefits that result from building for wellness.”
“Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. Yet one-fifth of all Americans live in environments that compromise their health. This partnership had been instrumental in laying the foundation to design and build neighborhoods, communities and cities that foster and promote healthy lifestyles,” notes Khanh Nguyen, portfolio director – Healthy Living, Colorado Health Foundation. “Though personal choices contribute to overall health, it’s difficult to make healthy choice when people live in communities that lack the infrastructure to support healthy lifestyles. We hope that our work with ULI will serve as a catalyst to design for health and wellness.”
This grant represents another stage in an ongoing partnership between ULI and the Colorado Health Foundation. In 2013, the Foundation engaged ULI’s Advisory Services Program to provide land use thought leadership to three Colorado communities—Arvada, Lamar, and Westwood–on how to improve health outcomes and promote active, healthy lifestyle choices through programming and upgrades to the built environment. The Foundation has been a premier sponsor of the Building Healthy Places Initiative, providing support for the Building Healthy Places Toolkit and other projects. The Foundation has also awarded ULI Colorado, a member of ULI’s District Council network, a $32,500 grant to host Building Healthy Places workshops in Loveland and Pueblo.
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 34,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.
About the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grantmaking, public policy, investing in evaluation, private sector partnerships and strategic communications. For more information, please visit www.ColoradoHealth.org.