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Impact of the built environment on health
  • Published Date:
    June 2011
  • Language:
Filetype[PDF - 148.39 KB]

  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.). Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services.
  • Series:
    Healthy community design fact sheet series
  • Description:
    What is the public health issue? -- What has CDC accomplished? -- What are the next steps?

    The built environment includes all of the physical parts of where we live and work (e.g., homes, buildings, streets, open spaces, and infrastructure). The built environment influences a person’s level of physical activity. For example, inaccessible or nonexistent sidewalks and bicycle or walking paths contribute to sedentary habits. These habits lead to poor health outcomes such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Today, approximately two thirds of Americans are overweight.


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