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Eau Claire Health ChapterUPDATE: Since the Health Chapter is relatively current, no amendments have been proposed by the Plan Commission in the 2015 update to the existing Comprehensive Plan.  
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The City of Eau Claire has developed a new Comprehensive Plan Chapter related to the promotion of public health in the built environment (places shaped by man). Safe buildings, sidewalks, bike trails, complete streets, accessible parks and community gardens are some examples of how the built environment can play a role in reducing health risk factors such as obesity and chronic disease.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that today, 7 out of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. are chronic diseases (heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity-related, and arthritis) and almost 50% of Americans live with at least one chronic illness.  Treatment for people with chronic conditions accounts for more than 75% of the $2 trillion spent annually on medical care in U.S. More locally, in Eau Claire County, between 2000-2002 the Eau Claire City-County Health Department estimates that 55% of the County’s population was either overweight (32%) or obese (23%).  In 2008, 29% of children were either overweight or at risk. Eau Claire County also recently ranked 59th out of 72 counties in the 2013 County Health Rankings for a quality built environment.


These numbers give pause to consider why and to ask deeper questions in order to reach possible solutions. Accordingly, that is what this chapter plan is all about. To look at ways the built environment can help public heath and the citizens of Eau Claire make the healthy choice the easy choice. The City hopes all stake-holders from the general public, hospitals, health and design professionals, developers, builders and other community members take part in implementing the chapter as we move forward in making Eau Claire a more healthy place.


Eau Claire Comprehensive Plan – Health Chapter Process

The City-County Board of Health formally supported the chapter on May 15th, 2013. The Plan Commission held a public hearing and approved the chapter on July 1st. The City Council held a public hearing on August 12th and on October 22nd adopted the Health Chapter.

The public planning process involved four meetings. An Advisory Committee, representing key members of the community from a variety of backgrounds, was formed to help shape the chapter. Below are supporting documents.



Organize & Educate, September 18th, 2012
Review Material: Agenda, Comprehensive Plan Baseline Policies, Presentation,
Neighborhood Health Screening Worksheet



Identify Important Issues, October 18th, 2012
Review Material: Agenda, Issues Memo, Screening Summary, Mtg. Notes, Presentation



Develop Policies & Actions, December 18th, 2012
Review Material: Agenda, Committee Memo, IssuesSupporting Docs., Policy Research, Mtg. Notes, Presentation



Review Draft Chapter, January 31st, 2013
Review Material: Agenda, Rough Chapter DraftMeeting NotesPresentation   


You can submit comments related to the new Health Chapter here or call Associate Planner, Ned Noel, at 715-839-4914

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