Happy & Healthy Places
INFLUENCE POLICY THAT IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Happiness is contagious, just take a look around. When you see people smile, you smile back. Research indicates there is a high correlation between one’s physical environment and mental well-being. Conditions in the places where we live, work and play have a tremendous impact in our health. It is much easier to stay healthy when we can easily and safely walk, run or bike; when we have clean air, healthy food and access to affordable housing; and when we are safe from things like violent crime, fires and lead poisoning. Every day, policy makers have opportunities to make choices that—if they took health into account— could help stem the growth of pressing health problems like obesity, injury, asthma, and diabetes that have such a huge impact on our nation’s health care costs, economic development and on people’s quality of a healthy life.