Healthy Physical Environments
Research and Data

Healthy Physical Environments

Healthy Physical Environments include opportunities for individuals to be healthy and flourish where they live, play, work, learn, and pray. Our physical environments shape our behaviors and health decisions, from the advertising we see walking to school, to the air we breathe within our homes. When our physical environments are clean and healthy, well-maintained, and safe, we all benefit.

Aggressive Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Products

Aggressive Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Products is the deliberate marketing of health diminishing products especially when these are targeted to specific populations differentiated by age, gender, racial/ethnic group, or any other factor.

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Food Security

Food Security means that individuals have access to affordable, safe, and nutritious foods that meet their caloric needs at all times.

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Parks & Recreational Space

Parks & Recreational Space includes safe and well-maintained parks and fields, trails and other open spaces that are accessible and inviting for all community members.

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The Natural Environment

The Natural Environment is composed of safe and contaminant-free air, clean water for drinking as well as other bodies of water, and soils that are safe to grow our gardens.

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Access to Transportation

Having Access to Transportation means that all residents of a community are able to safely and affordably get around. This includes well-maintained public transportation, and roads that are safe for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians

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Affordable & Safe Housing

Affordable & Safe Housing includes both owner-occupied and rental housing located near places of interest, parks, jobs, and public transportation and is accessible to residents at various income levels. This includes housing that is structurally sound and safe from environmental and indoor pollution.

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Community Infrastructure

Community Infrastructure goes beyond transportation and housing to include all of the elements of a community that support health equity. This includes community gathering spaces and plazas, well maintained crosswalks and sidewalks, curbs and gutters that are kept clean and functioning, and other infrastructural elements that make a community complete.

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