In 2008 our Health Engagement Panel had a 'round table' discussion related to this issue. We brought together our own officers from Planning & Building Control, Public Health, Parks & Open Spaces and from the Community Team who look after some local transport issues - and we tried to make sure we were 'joining up the dots' and doing all we could (where we have any level of influence) to promote and support physical activity through planning, transport and the physical environment.
We based our work on the NICE documents below:
In January 2008 the NHS National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published their public health
guidance 8 document 'Promoting and creating built or natural environments that encourage and support public health' www.nice.org.uk/PH008
The NICE guidance represents the first national, evidence-based recommendations on how to improve the physical environment to encourage physical activity to improve health. The guidance complements and supports, but does not replace, NICE clinical guidelines on obesity www.nice.org.uk/CG043