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14 September 2018

Built Environment is the central focus of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s newest report

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Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer acknowledges the potential impact of community (re)design to promote healthy living and reduce the burden of chronic disease. The MUSE team feels the same way, and are excited to share this focus in our work.

Designing healthy living – The Chief Public Health Office’s Report on the state of Public Health in Canada 2017

« I chose designing healthy living as the topic for my first report as Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer because of the tremendous potential that changing our built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives. » […]

« This report answers many questions but also raises several others. We need better information if we are to measure the health impacts of community design to incorporate evidence-based strategies into community planning. This report will raise awareness among Canadians about the unique aspects of their communities that they could take advantage of to improve their health. It will also encourage more dialogue across the many disciplines involved in community planning and health promotion so that neighbourhood design considers and promotes physical activity, healthy diets and mental wellness. »

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

(Source : Public Health Agency of Canada, 2017.

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Designing Healthy Living

Designing Healthy Living. The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2017. Public Health Agency of Canada, 74p

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