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The Link Between Walkability and Happiness: New Evidence

When it comes to the health benefits of walkable cities, in which the built environment is conducive to walking, the scientific and public health communities are broadly in agreement. Walkable cities reduce the risk of putting on excess body weight, increase general levels of physical activity, and can potentially reduce the amount of time adults spend on electronic devices. However, one of the more neglected aspects of walkability in public health literature has been walkability’s effect on individual happiness levels. While it is easy to assume that the health benefits associated with walkability would naturally increase happiness, these assumptions should not be taken for granted, which is why researchers in the Journal of Public Health released a new study considering the link between walkability and neighborhood satisfaction.

Topics: community resources environmental health

Presidential Policy Series: Environmental Health

History of Environmental Health in the United States

Environmental health is a component of public health that examines how the natural and built environments affect human health.

Topics: public policy environmental health election 2016