Building for Health
Thursday, November 7, 2013
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EST
Jacksonville, FL, United States
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Healthy community design links healthy homes, land use, transportation, community facilities, parks, and open space with health themes such as air and water quality, physical activity, public safety, healthy food access, mental health, and social equity issues. An increase in illnesses, specifically asthma diagnoses, may be due to an increase in the amount of time spent indoors and therefore greater exposure to dust mites and allergens; higher levels of air pollution; and limited access to quality healthcare. Transportation-related pollutants are one of the largest contributors to asthma symptoms, diminished lung function, heart attacks, adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight, and increase risk for childhood cancer. But changes in the way communities are designed, such as healthy homes and offering alternatives to driving — such as public transit, biking, and walking — can help reduce transportation-related pollutants and improve air quality and health outcomes. Communities that make it easier to walk, bike, or take public transit rather than drive can help reduce the number of cars on the road. This can reduce air pollution from cars which can improve the respiratory health and air quality of a community. All of the concepts that make up the Healthy Community Design movement will be addressed and discussed in detail. Best practices will be reviewed as will examples of healthy community case studies from around the country.