Our Bodies, Our Environment

This new report 2013-0522-BN-cvrfrom the EPA explores how the built environment affects the natural environment and human health.  It reviews hundred of studies published since 2001 (when EPA first did such a technical review) that track the interactions between land use, transportation, and environmental quality.

Key human health findings include:

  • Nearly 90 percent of studies reviewed found a positive association (Ferdinand et al. 2012) between the built environment and inactivity, suggesting that it is one of the factors that play a role in how much people exercise and levels of obesity.
  • Communities with streets designed for the safety of all users can encourage walking and biking and help people lead healthier lifestyles (Giles et al. 2011).
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