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How does the distance from the grocery store to your home affect your food choices? Can a walk through the park every day reduce the number of times you need to see a doctor?

September 15, 2011

How does the distance from the grocery store to your home affect your food choices? Can a walk through the park every day reduce the number of times you need to see a doctor?

These are the types of topics addressed in the recently published book, Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability. NWCPHP faculty member Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH and School of Public Health Dean Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH co-edited the anthology which takes a comprehensive look at how the built environment—buildings, neighborhoods, and cities—affects human health. The book's chapters draw on the expertise of top leaders in health and urban planning to suggest actions for changing the way we design and plan our communities.

The built environment is becoming an area of increasing importance for public health professionals around the country. Innovative collaborations have emerged to address the cross-disciplinary issues. At NWCPHP, Dannenberg leads the Healthy Places Research Group, a partnership with the University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning. This monthly discussion forum is designed for those who wish to learn more about the built environment and its impact on the health of communities.

Andrew Dannenberg and Dean Howard Frumkin will discuss their new book at a Town Hall Seattle event on September 20.

 

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