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Food and Physical Activity Environments


Every town, neighborhood and region in America can be evaluated in terms of its food and physical activity environment. Where we live is a critical component in determining whether we end up fit and healthy or not.  When people to not have access to a healthy environment or opportunities to make healthier choices they have worse health and a lower quality of life.  When we improve these food and fitness environments by creating adequate transportation, markets with healthy foods and opportunities for safe physical activity, the health of people who live and work there improves as well. Some additional resources about building healthy environments are provided below.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Designing and Building Healthy Places
CDC is committed to forming new partnerships and seeking solutions to community-wide public health problems. Every person has a stake in environmental public health. As the environment deteriorates, so does the physical and mental health of the people within it.

    Designing and building healthy places for children PDF
    Arthur M. Wendel, Andrew L. Dannenberg and Howard Frumkin
    Int. J. Environment and Health, Vol. 2, Nos. 3/4, 2008
    Abstract:  The design and construction of the built environment have broad implications for the health of children. Healthy places should protect children from injury, pollutants and disease, provide children with a place to be physically active, play and experience nature, and promote a sustainable future. Health promotion can occur at all scales of the built environment, including buildings, communities and global infrastructure. The disabled, poor and other disadvantaged groups may benefit from built environment improvements. These improvements require partnerships among urban planners, engineers, architects, developers, public health practitioners and communities.

Does the Built Environment Influence Physical Activity? Examining the Evidence PDF a 2005 report by the Transportation Research Board and Institute of Medicine.

The Built Environment and Health: 11 Profiles of Neighborhood Transformation, A report by the Prevention Institute
There is growing recognition that the built environment --the man-made physical structures and infrastructure of communities -- has an impact on our health. Through a series of program profiles, this project highlights examples of neighborhood-level successes in altering elements of the built environment to improve health behaviors and outcomes. Funded by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services (EEHS), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)
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