Welcome to the Healthy Cities,

Healthy Communities Initiative!

Enjoy Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto has a variety of classes and programs for you to enjoy. We offer classes in dance, music, science, art, as well as fitness programs, youth and adult sports, summer camps, aquatics, and much more.

Explore Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto is committed to creating a culture and community of healthy living. Walk, hike, bike, picnic, camp, sail, swim, golf or simply find a playground at one of the 36 incredible parks sprinkled throughout Palo Alto. Attend one of our special events, such as the May Fete Children's Parade, the Chili Cook-off & Summer Festival, or the Moonlight Run and Walk.

Explore maps, photos, and information about our Neighborhood Parks, Open Space Preserves, park areas for dogs, walking, hiking, and biking trails.

Energize Palo Alto

Get energized with Palo Alto's sports based organizations, recreation, and healthy living opportunities!

Take advantage of our youth and adult sports leagues and community based sports organizations, fitness programs, make tennis court reservations, and enjoy community recreation spaces. Come check out our golf course and aquatics center too.


The mission of the Healthy Cities, Healthy Communities is... to encourage healthy social, cultural and physical environments that promote and support health, well-being and creative expression for ourselves, our families and our communities.

The eight objectives developed by the stakeholder group for implementation in FY 2016/FY 2017 include: 

  • Create a welcome packet for new residents that orients individuals and families to the many health and wellness opportunities available in Palo Alto. 
  • Include Healthy City/Healthy Community goals, policies and programs in the Comprehensive Plan Update. 
  • Advance specific and safe Bike/Pedestrian Plan projects. 
  • Implement a City of Palo Alto Employee Health and Wellness Initiative. 
  • In partnership with the business community, coordinate a forum for local businesses to share and learn about workplace health and wellness best practices and encourage the adoption of similar employee health and wellness initiatives. 
  • In partnership with community partners, coordinate an annual Health Fair that promotes community health and well being. 
  • In partnership with community partners, establish specific metrics to measure progress. 
  • Develop actions to enroll Palo Alto as an age friendly community. 

For more information on the Healthy Cities, Healthy Community Initiative, please contact Kristen O'Kane, COO, Community Services Department

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