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Healthy people in healthy places.

"The way we design and build our communities can affect our physical and mental health. Healthy community design integrates evidence-based health strategies into community planning, transportation and land-use decisions."
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What are healthy communities?

Where you live and the things around you can affect your health. Things that can influence community health are:

  • Good parks.
  • Streets that are pedestrian and bike friendly.
  • Places to gather in the community.
  • Other planning decisions.

Why build healthy communities?

Healthy community design can increase:

  • Physical activity.
  • Safety and reduce injury.
  • Access to healthy food, and
  • Improve land, air and water quality.
  • Strengthen community resilience and improve quality of life.
  • Provide fair access to livelihood, education, services and resources.

Program contact

We partner with local jurisdictions to build healthy communities. To learn how we can help you and how to use the Healthy Community Planning Toolbox, contact Amy Pow, Principal Planner, at or (253) 576-6222.

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