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Environments Community Design - CDC Tracking Network

Community design refers to all the elements of a community that are human-made and form the physical characteristics of that community. It includes:

  • buildings, such as schools, workplaces, and homes,
  • roads,
  • parks and recreation areas,
  • transportation systems, and
  • places to buy food.

Well-designed communities can improve public health. The design and maintenance of our communities may be related to

  • chronic diseases
  • obesity
  • mental health, and
  • the effects of climate change.

For more information about community design, visit CDC’s Healthy Places website.

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