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?
They are healthy and sustainable places built on a balanced foundation of people, prosperity and planet.
Together these elements generate:
- Livable natural and built environments.
- Viable economic development.
- Fair social environments.
Why build healthy communities?
Healthy community design can:
- Increase physical activity.
- Increase safety and reduce injury.
- Increase access to healthy food.
- Improve land, air and water quality.
- Strengthen community resilience and improve quality of life.
- Provide fair access to livelihood, education, services and resources.
Healthy Community Planning program staff partners with local jurisdictions to build healthy communities. To learn how the Health Department can help you and how to use the Healthy Community Planning Toolbox, contact Amy Pow, Principal Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 576-6222.
Learn more from these videos.
- Planning for Healthy Communities
Highlights health challenges that planners can address and actions that three communities are taking to create healthy communities.
- UW|360: Healthy Neighborhoods
Find out what makes a healthy neighborhood.
- Healthy Human Habits: Howard Frumkin at TEDxRainier
Learn from an authority on the public health aspects of urban sprawl and the built environment.