Healthy Communities by Design

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The community feedback portion of the pilot has now concluded.


The Town of Coaldale has partnered with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Healthy Communities by Design (HCbD) to conduct a pilot project designed to improve the well-being of the community. Throughout the program, there was a collection of public health information on specific topic areas, including physical activity, healthy eating, alcohol reduction, tobacco reduction, ultraviolet (UV) protection, and cancer screening.

We are now in the stage of working with high schools students from Kate Andrews High School to develop proposals for a Community Improvement Project to benefit the larger community. The work being done by the students will be incorporated into the Healthy Communities Strategic Plan.

To stay informed of the project, continue to visit our landing page and refer to the 'Documents' section on the right-hand side of this page.


The community feedback portion of the pilot has now concluded.


The Town of Coaldale has partnered with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Healthy Communities by Design (HCbD) to conduct a pilot project designed to improve the well-being of the community. Throughout the program, there was a collection of public health information on specific topic areas, including physical activity, healthy eating, alcohol reduction, tobacco reduction, ultraviolet (UV) protection, and cancer screening.

We are now in the stage of working with high schools students from Kate Andrews High School to develop proposals for a Community Improvement Project to benefit the larger community. The work being done by the students will be incorporated into the Healthy Communities Strategic Plan.

To stay informed of the project, continue to visit our landing page and refer to the 'Documents' section on the right-hand side of this page.


  • Healthy Communities initiative in Coaldale gaining momentum

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    Healthy Communities initiative in Coaldale gaining momentum

    Dec 7, 2021 | 10:57 AM


    COALDALE, AB – Coaldale’s Healthy Communities Strategic Plan has received the thumbs up from Town Council.

    This means more engagement with the public and projects are expected to come forward to improve the overall health of the community. Early this year, the town began a partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS) in the Healthy Communities by Design program.

    Since then, staff have formed and facilitated conversations with the local Healthy Communities Working Group to assess six health-related areas of focus. Those areas are:

    • Physical activity
    • Healthy eating
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Tobacco consumption
    • UV protection
    • Cancer screening

    Spencer Croil, Coaldale’s Director of Planning and Development said following the initial stage of engagement with Working Group members, healthy eating and cancer screening were identified as the top two areas where further action was needed. “Based on these observations, we proposed the Healthy Communities Strategic Plan as an ongoing commitment to our initiative and continued focus on health promotion in physical, social, economic and political environments." Once finished, the plan will outline the resources and actions needed to develop strategies in the six health-related focus areas. Croil said, “the Strategic Plan will allow us to weave health-focused initiatives into existing plans and ongoing projects in town, as well as introduce new projects that will enhance livability in Coaldale.” “There will be more opportunities for us to engage with the community in the coming months to gain more insight on our focus areas.”

    In May, council approved funding for a to-be-determined project based on the findings from the Healthy Communities Pilot. The project is to be determined following engagement with students at Kate Andrews High School (KAHS). Students prepared nine proposals for projects that meet the Strategic Plan objectives. Those proposals were then reviewed by the Healthy Communities Working Group. Planning Intern at the Town, Melanie Messier said “getting KAHS students involved was important for gathering insight and increased involvement from the youth community.” “The students came up with some incredible ideas and we believe that all proposals could in some capacity be brought to life through the funding currently available to us.” She said the town is looking forward to continuing to work with community members to create a healthier Coaldale.


  • Coaldale joins AHS on Healthy Communities Initiative

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    Coaldale joins AHS on Healthy Communities Initiative

    February 17, 2021

    COALDALE – The Town of Coaldale is partnering with Alberta Health Services (AHS) on a pilot program designed to improve the well-being of town residents.

    Healthy Communities by Design provides municipalities with public health information and guidance which may be used to design communities that better support healthy lifestyles.

    “By partnering with AHS in this Healthy Communities initiative, the town shows a desire to look inward and make improvements where they are needed to improve the overall health of the population,” says Dr. Vivien Suttorp, Medical Officer of Health in AHS South Zone.

    “Health outcomes such as life expectancy, cancer rates and infant mortality rates often differ between geographies and also within communities. One of the best ways to decrease these differences is, first of all, to understand a community and what’s important to the people who live there: the culture, access to recreation and healthy food choices, education and more.”

    Through the program, the town can harness the expertise of AHS health professionals — including dietitians, health promotion facilitators, public health inspectors and medical officers of health — to assist with drafting or improving existing policies related to tobacco/alcohol reduction, healthy eating, sun safety, walkability and physical activity.

    There is no cost to the Town of Coaldale for participating, and the town is under no obligation to implement any suggestions coming from the pilot program.

    “People and their communities are closely linked. Creating healthy communities can help shape the future of wellness in our province and empower all Albertans to live healthier lifestyles,” said Grant Hunter, MLA for Taber-Warner. “I look forward to working with our community partners to improve the wellness of Coaldale residents, their families and our community as a whole.”

    About 100 Alberta communities have participated in the initiative since it began in 2016. For instance, after participating in Healthy Communities by Design, the Pincher Creek Wellness Committee decided UV exposure posed a health hazard that could be mitigated. The committee developed a program that enabled community groups to rent shade tents for their events, and later added sunscreen dispensers at key community gathering places, such as the town’s spray park and rodeo grounds.

    “Participation in this program will help bring more focus to the benefits of positive public health outcomes for Coaldale through incremental changes to policies and the built form,” says Spencer Croil, Director of Planning and Community Development at the town. “Partnering with Alberta Health Services is just a natural next step to promoting community wellness in Coaldale. We’re very excited to embark on this journey to strengthen our already targeted efforts on improving well-being and making Coaldale more livable for all members of the community.”

    Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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