Most of us associate health with personal choices, such as what food to eat or how much exercise to engage in. But the health of our community actually plays a big part in how healthy we are individually.

Planning and public health are interrelated in many ways. Healthy communities look to many components that determine good health, such as active transportation, cultural and recreational opportunities, decent and affordable housing, quality education, availability of public health programs and services, access to healthy food, and more.

McLean County Regional Planning Commission partners with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, McLean County Health Department, and McLean County Wellness Coalition to promote community health in land use and policy decisions. These partnerships also play an important role in developing local and regional comprehensive plans as well as hosting community programming like the Good To Go Commuter Challenge and PARK(ing) Day. ​

 

Factors Influencing Health

  • Individual Lifestyle Factors
  • Social & Community Networks
  • Living & Working Conditions
  • General Socio-Economic, Cultural, & Environmental Conditions

Key Health Documents

Health and Sustainability Chapter from Town of Normal Comprehensive Plan
Health and Sustainability Chapter from Town of Normal Comprehensive Plan

Health and Sustainability Chapter from Town of Normal Comprehensive Plan

November 2017
Recognizing the ways in which the health of individuals and the natural environment are intertwined—and taking actions to improve both—has become one of the defining challenges not only for Normal, but for the entire global community.
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Healthy Community Chapter from City of Bloomington Comprehensive Plan
Healthy Community Chapter from City of Bloomington Comprehensive Plan

Healthy Community Chapter from City of Bloomington Comprehensive Plan

August 2015
Bloomington will practice environmental stewardship and provide healthy and active lifestyle choices for all.
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Community Health Imrpovement Plan
Community Health Imrpovement Plan

Community Health Imrpovement Plan

McLean County/Illinois 2017-2019
The purpose of the McLean County Community Health Improvement Plan is to improve the health of McLean County residents by developing and maintaining partnerships to implement Community Health Improvement Plan interventions, encouraging health and healthcare access awareness, and promoting healthy lifestyle choices that can improve health and reduce the risk of death and disability.
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