Paid sick leave laws reduce the spread of contagious illnesses, increase employment and income stability, and save cities money in health care costs.
Austin receives no medal in paid sick leave.
Children who attend high-quality pre-k are more likely to succeed in school, go on to stable jobs and earn more as adults—all of which are linked to better health and stronger communities.
Austin receives a bronze in high-quality, universal pre-k.
As cities grow, it’s important that residents of all income levels have access to affordable housing that sets them up for good health.
Austin receives no medal in inclusionary zoning.
Complete streets policies unlock opportunities by allowing city residents to safely walk, bike, drive and take public transit around their community.
Austin receives a gold in complete streets.
Neighborhoods with high concentrations of alcohol outlets are linked to more drinking and higher rates of violence and driving under the influence. Policies that control the number of alcohol sales outlets can reduce crime, increase safety, and reduce spending on health care and criminal justice.
Austin receives no medal in alcohol sales control.
Curbing tobacco use among young adults has been shown to decrease the number of people who start—and continue—smoking.
Austin receives no medal in Tobacco 21.
Comprehensive smoke-free air laws protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke and reduce smokers’ consumption of tobacco—the leading cause of preventable death in the US.
Austin receives a silver in clean indoor air.
Policies requiring food establishments to publicly post safety inspection “grades” empower consumers, reduce foodborne illness rates and cut down on health care costs.
Austin receives no medal in restaurant inspection ratings.
Policies that make sure healthy food options are available on public property aid city residents in making smart decisions that will help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Austin receives no medal in healthy food procurement.