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Integrating Health into Comprehensive Planning

There is growing interest in the link between the built environment and health. Comprehensive planning is one approach to linking the traditional notions of planning (land use, transportation, community facilities, housing, and parks and open space) with health themes (physical activity, the natural environment, public safety, healthy eating, mental health, social capital, pollutants, and epidemiological issues). Comprehensive plans can help facilitate decisions about health and the built environment. To do so, it is important to understand state and regional regulations that often require a consistent set of elements where health topics can be interwoven.

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