University of Wisconsin–Madison

Planning and Health Resource Guide for Designing and Building Healthy Neighborhoods

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Food, Health, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
The way we design and build our neighborhoods can affect our physical and mental health. In this time of rising obesity rates, traffic congestion, long work hours, high stress levels, and fewer opportunities to be physical active, finding creative ways to address these issues is important. We must also consider the changing weather patterns and the possible impact on our way of life. All these factors stress the importance of designing and building healthy and vital communities that promote health.

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