WHICH POLICIES COULD HELP YOUR COMMUNITY PUT HEALTH ON THE MAP?
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Good health doesn’t start just at the doctor’s office. Where we live, learn, work, and play can influence healthy behaviors.
While an individual can take steps to change her behavior – for example, to exercise more – it takes individuals and organizations working together to reshape the physical environment, such as through policies related to playgrounds and reliable public transit, to help create healthy, vibrant neighborhoods.
An Institute of Medicine workshop explored how different sectors can work together to advance their own aims while supporting behaviors intended to lead to better health.