The Built Environment includes all the physical structures engineered and built by people. These structures include homes, workplaces, road systems, open space and parks, schools, stores, and transit arrangements. How a community is designed can either encourage or discourage physical activity. With a healthy community design, residents are able to participate in physical activity and help combat health issues such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and asthma.
The Health and the Built Environment Committee was established in 2006 to enhance the knowledge of public officials and community stakeholders about the health impacts of urban planning and transportation infrastructure. Committee initiatives focus on drafting letters of support, contacting officials, and presenting to various stakeholder groups, detailing the relationship between our built environment and our community's health. In addition, the Committee coordinates with businesses, non-profit organizations, local government and individuals to identify and apply for grant funding to address barriers to physical activity and improve access to healthy foods and recreation areas.
The Health and the Built Environment Committee meets every second Tuesday of each month at American Institute of Architects, 100 NE 1 Street, Conference Room, Miami Fl 33128 from 9:00am – 10:30am.
Chair: Karen Hamilton, South Florida Regional Planning Council
Vice-Chair: Valerie Neilson, University of Miami BikeSafe Program
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