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the built environment and public health: profiles

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The builT environmenT and healTh
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221 Oak StreetOakland, CA 94607510.444.7738fax 510.663.1280
The builT environmenT and healTh
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221 Oak StreetOakland, CA 94607510.444.7738fax 510.663.1280
In recent years the public health community has become increasingly aware that the design of the built environment can have a major impact on the health of the public. For example, onemay expect more physical activity and healthier diets among persons in communities withconvenient, safe walking paths and accessible sources of fresh fruits and vegetables. On theother hand, poorer health indicators may be expected among residents of communities withhigh crime rates, few parks or walking paths, numerous alcohol and tobacco outlets, and littleaccess to fresh food.In this monograph, the Prevention Institute has profiled eleven projects in predominantly low-income communities where local residents mobilized public and private resources to makechanges in their physical environments to improve the health and quality of life for their citi-zens. Such changes included building a jogging path around a cemetery, transforming vacantlots into community gardens, reducing the prevalence of nuisance liquor stores, and creatingattractive murals on walls where graffiti once reigned.These case studies will help concerned citizens, urban planners, and public officials examinepossibilities for local environmental changes that would improve the health of the residentsof their communities. Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPHNational Center for Environmental HealthCenters f 
or Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, GA 
Prevention Institute
11 Profiles of Neighborhood Transformation

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