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Community Design and Individual Well Being : The Multiple Impacts of the Built Environment on Public Health

By Frank, Lawrence D.

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Title: Community Design and Individual Well Being : The Multiple Impacts of the Built Environment on Public Health  
Author: Frank, Lawrence D.
Language: English
Subject: Health., Medical research, Medical reports
Collections: Medical Library Collection
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Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Frank, L. D. (n.d.). Community Design and Individual Well Being : The Multiple Impacts of the Built Environment on Public Health. Retrieved from

Emerging evidence suggests that many of the ways in which we design our communities impact our health (Srinivasan et al 2003; Frumkin et al 2004). Each of the singular strands of research, whether it be how community design impacts physical activity and body mass index (Ewing et al 2003; Frank et al 2004a; Saelens et al 2003) or how the built environment impacts how much we drive (Ewing and Cervero 2001) and if we have healthy air to breathe (Frank et al 2000a) presents a powerful argument for stronger connections to be forged between currently disparate professional boundaries. Major events such as the Obesity and Built Environment Conference are important steps whereby the built environment and public health professions can begin to meld a new lexicon. Moreover, to move towards a collective understanding of how to create new, and how to recreate existing communities, that are more health promoting. Healthy air, physical activity and associated body mass index are just a couple of the ways that community design impacts our health. While perhaps not well understood, other areas include relationships between community design and patterns of social interaction and the formation of social capital, sense of safety and security, mental health, and important aspects of water quality (Frumkin et al 2004). Ironically, planning was borne out of health related concerns at the turn of the 20th Century, and it is these common roots that will help to bring us back together (Frank et al 2003).

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