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noun: the general condition of a body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor

The health of an individual or community is complete well being, and not merely the absence of infirmity. A healthy community is free from disabling conditions, having reasonable resistance to diseases, and living in a wholesome environment. The way we design and build our communities affects physical and mental health. A healthy community increases productivity and enables people to attain and maintain a high quality of life.

How can we plan for and design healthy communities?


21percent decrease in the number of foot trips by Americans, 1977-1995
84percent of American adults with health insurance
90percent of county adults with health insurance
5.4number of traffic fatalities in the county per 100,000 people in 2008

ReThink Speaker

Joan Almon was a Waldorf early childhood educator for over thirty years and served as founding Chair of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. She is currently focusing on the Alliance for Childhood, a broad-based advocacy group that brings together educators, health professionals and others to work on common concerns, such as the need to restore creative play and other healthy essentials to childhood. At our last event of the series, focused on health, Almon will discuss the vital role of play and how planners can design and build spaces that make it easy for children to be active. Watch. (06/03/2010)

Learn more about the speaker series.


Recliam - The magazine of Transportation Alternartives (2010 - Vol. 16)
cool ways to walk, bike, and take transit

Active Design Guidelines
designing active buildings and places

Active Living Research
how environments and policies influence active living

How Childhood Has Evolved
the importance of play in childhood development

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Program Overview
the Centers for Disease Control's ideas to build healthy communities