Neighborhood and Built Environment

Of all the potential hazards to your health, your neighborhood should not be one of them. It can, however, greatly influence your overall health and wellbeing. To understand how your local neighborhood and built environment impact your health it’s important to look at conditions such as:

  • Availability and Quality of Housing
  • Transportation
  • Safety
  • Opportunities for Active Living
  • Access to Healthy Food Options
  • Healthy Work Environments

Many people are surprised to learn that your neighborhood and built environment are more likely to impact your health than health behaviors. Families who have greater access to safe and stable housing, have easy access to affordable fruits and vegetables, and can easily access safe open spaces where they can be physically active have better outcomes.

How Do Neighborhood Conditions Shape Health
A summary of local initiatives making changes to housing, transportation, parks and open space, and other critical aspects of the built environment to foster equity and create healthy opportunities for everyone.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Family of four playing soccer.