The Impact of the Built Environment on Health: An Emerging Field

Jackson, Richard J.
September 2003
American Journal of Public Health;Sep2003, Vol. 93 Issue 9, p1382
Academic Journal
The author discusses the impact of the built environment on health. The current generation now faces the challenge of understanding the impact of build environment on health and how to build future communities that promote physical and mental health. The public health community realizes that how the build environment is designed may hold tremendous potential for addressing many of the greatest current public health concerns in the U.S., including obesity, asthma, injury, depression, violence, and social inequities. Some of the current zoning laws in the U.S. that block high-density, live-work-play developments derive from interventions that helped prevent the prevalence of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases in the 19th century.


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