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  • Planning for Healthy Communities

      Healthy people in healthy places.

      The way we design and build our communities can affect our physical and mental health. Healthy community design integrates evidence-based health strategies into community planning, transportation and land-use decisions.
      •Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      What are healthy communities?

      Where you live and the things around you can affect your health. What improves health? 

      • Good parks.
      • Pedestrian and bike friendly streets.
      • Places to gather in the community.
      • Considering health in planning decisions.

      Why build healthy communities?

      Healthy community design can increase:

      • Physical activity.
      • Safety.
      • Access to healthy food.
      • Improve land, air, and water quality.
      • Strengthen community resilience and improve quality of life.
      • Access to livelihood, education, services, and resources.

      We ensure communities are healthy and sustainable when we:

      • Encourage land use and transportation planners to think about people’s health and the health of the environment.
      • Get affected communities to help shape the planning process.
      • Address gaps in health.
      • Reduce health risks.

      How can you get involved?

      Are you a planner, transportation, or health professional? Join our Healthy Community Planning Interest Group. We:

      • Promote learning opportunities to create healthy communities.
      • Identify best practices to reduce health disparities.
      • Provide technical assistance, resources, and community planning support.

      Contact Erin Dilworth at or (253) 722-4287 to learn more.


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