The places where we live, work, learn and play affect our health, but not all communities support healthy outcomes, equally. Decisions about the built environment - such as land use, zoning, and community design - have implications for neighborhood access to healthy food, safe places for physical activity and resident experiences of real and perceived violence.
In the book Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (edited by Andrew L. Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin, and Richard J. Jackson), chapter contributors Manal J. Aboelata, Leah Ersoylu, Larry Cohen and Lily Swartz make the case that community engagement is critical to successful efforts to improve the built environment. Their chapter, Community Engagement in Design and Planning, demonstrates that community engagement is an effective mechanism for creating lasting health improvements by galvanizing resident participation to create healthy, equitable and sustainable communities.
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