Healthy community design is planning and designing communities that make it easier for people to live healthy lives. Healthy community design offers important benefits:
- Decreases dependence on the automobile by building homes, businesses, schools, churches and parks closer to each other so that people can more easily walk or bike between them.
- Provides opportunities for people to be physically active and socially engaged as part of their daily routine, improving the physical and mental health of its citizens.
- Allows persons, if they choose, to age in place and remain all their lives in a community that reflects their changing lifestyles and changing physical capabilities.
Healthy places are those designed and built to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, learn, and play within their borders—person is free to make choices amid a variety of healthy, available, accessible, and affordable options.
Healthy community design can provide many advantages:
- Promote physical activity
- Promote a diet free of additives, preservatives, and pesticides
- Improve air quality
- Lower risk of injuries
- Increase social connection and sense of community
- Reduce contributions to climate change