Publication Type: Report
Source: Ministry of Health, Public Health Advisory Committee, Wellington, p.59 (2010)
Keywords: active transport
, public health
, transport planning
, urban planning
Healthy Places, Healthy Lives, the Public Health Advisory Committee’s report to the Minister of Health, provides an evidence-based review of how the urban environment influences the health of communities. In New Zealand and worldwide, there has emerged a range of health problems that are linked with how we live in our towns and cities today.
There is also a growing body of research highlighting that it is possible to design cities and towns for positive health outcomes. Healthy Places, Healthy Lives outlines this evidence and describes a number of case studies that illustrate ways to design cities, towns, neighbourhoods and streets to promote health.
Healthy Places, Healthy Lives also describes the leadership role that New Zealand’s health system can take to help shape urban form for improved health outcomes. It identifies specific areas where the health system can best add value in this endeavour.