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Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released their seventh report in a series on livable, sustainable communities. The report, "Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design," examines the positive impacts of architectural and community design on the health, happiness, and safety of communities. The report also details local examples from across the country who have successfully implemented health focused designs that increase physical activity, social interaction, and access to food in their communities.

Primary Toolkit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Chronic Disease, Community Design, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity, Traffic Safety, Transportation Planning


Institutional Author:

American Institute of Architects





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