Interested in decreasing your carbon footprint, saving on energy use, or cutting expenses?
Here are a few alternatives that may help you reach those goals:
Going Green with the CDC- Helping You Make Green Choices for Healthy Living
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose mission is to promote public health, gives you information you can use to go green and make choices that are good for both the environment and your health. The CDC Healthy Places Web site explains the concept of designing and building active communities that make it easier for people to live healthy lives. The CDC Climate Change and Public Health Web site tells about the potential health effects from climate change and about CDC’s efforts to anticipate, prevent, and respond to them.
CDC's experts have long been in the forefront of education and advocacy concerning going green, designing and building healthy communities, and protecting the public from the health effects of climate change. In the November 2008 special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), guest editors from CDC and Australian National University's National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and their colleagues issue a call to action on climate change and public health. Articles from the special issue, including five available free to nonsubscribers, are available online.
The Built Environment
Land use, the built environment, and transportation options are central to the health individual and communities, and contribute to the health, safety, and quality of life in local communities. Many of the leading causes of death and premature death—heart disease, cancer, injuries, diabetes and stroke—share several risk factors that have been associated with community design. Although community design and the built environment are not the single cause of chronic health problems, there is ample evidence to demonstrate that limited access to healthy food outlets, limited physical activity opportunities, and excess exposures to pollution shape individual health and behavior and contribute to increased prevalence of many chronic diseases. Furthermore, an unequal distribution of disease, known as disparities in health, occur when structural conditions from community planning activities, concentrate resources and opportunities for positive health choices within certain areas and not in others. This unequal distribution of resources and opportunities have resulted in disparities in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, rates of diseases, and other adverse health conditions experienced in Tulare County.
Learn more about the importance of the built environment:
* Designing and Building Healthy Places [CDC PDF - 109 KB]
* Health Impact Assessment [CDC PDF - 81 KB]
* Health Issues Related to Community Design [CDC PDF - 175 KB]
* Healthy Community Design [CDC PDF - 183 KB]
* Impact of the Built Environment on Health [CDC PDF - 102 KB]
* LEED-ND and Healthy Neighborhoods [CDC PDF - 273 KB]
* Public Health Impact Assessment in NEPA [CDC PDF - 112 KB]
* Healthy Planning Policies: A Compendium from California General Plans (PDF )
*How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans (PDF)2.02 MB
* Economic Development and Redevelopment Toolkit (PDF)3.19 MB
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