A healthy place is designed, built and maintained in support of health and wellness. Healthy Places improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, learn, worship and play there. Healthy Places allow people to choose healthier options. Our Healthy Places Website focuses the connection between place and health. Click a topic below to learn more:
Active transportation is getting around using human energy such as walking or biking. Active transportation benefits health from increased physical activity and reduced chronic disease. People like to choose whether they walk, bike, ride or drive to get around. Learn how your community can plan and implement safe walking, biking and transit options.
The ways we choose to use our land impacts our health. The planning, development and preservation of land can be done in ways that benefit our health and wellness. We can design buildings and create spaces to promote people's health, happiness and well-being in urban, suburban and rural communities.
Americans spend a majority of their time indoors. It is important the buildings people live, work, learn, and worship in are designed, built and maintained to promote health and safety. Learn about healthy homes, public housing, schools, workplaces and faith-based places.
All people deserve to be able to attain their full health potential. Learn about the special health needs of children, the elderly and people with disabilities; consider the importance of food and nutrition; understand environmental justice communities; and read about the benefits of universal design.
Tools and Resources
There are lots of free tools and resources available to help your community. Learn about funding and training opportunities; scope out a Health Impact Assessment; investigate health and environmental data; learn what indicators are tracked; and access useful publications.
It takes many partners working together to plan, design, build and maintain the places where people live, work, study and play. Providing opportunities for physical activity within the built environment improves community health. Our Healthy Places Website supports using community resources, inspiration and culture to create places that have a sense of belonging while promoting people's health and wellbeing. All of these partners support livable communities and have resources to help.