Community Design for Public Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are getting in the urban design racket with a new guide to community design that focuses on how urban form can affect public health.
April 23, 2010, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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Based on input from an interdisciplinary group of organizations, the CDC's new report is intended to help planners and designers understand the various ways that community design can negatively impact public health.

"A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), created with input from ASLA, illustrates the importance of considering public-health factors, such as physical activity, respiratory and mental health, water quality, social equity, healthy aging, and social capital, when creating the built environment.

The report is the latest product of CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative, aimed at combating soaring rates of asthma, diabetes, and obesity by improving the way communities are designed."

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Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in LAND
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