Winter 2016: Healthy Communities

As research increasingly shows that contact with the natural world is essential for our well-being, providing better access to nature and parks is now seen as a health issue rather than just an aesthetic one. How we build and grow our communities can have a large impact on our health and quality of life. Learn more in the Winter 2016 issue of On Common Ground.

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In This Issue

Bicycle riding eliminates carbon emissions, favors compact neighborhoods over sprawl, and fosters a balanced transportation system with parity among different travel modes.

To ward off chronic disease, health pros take on everything from regional plans to housing design.

When author Richard Louv was growing up on the outskirts of Kansas City in the 1950s and early 1960s, he spent his free time organizing pick-up games in neighbors' yards and in parks, scrambling around in the woods near his home — collecting snakes, sometimes poisonous ones — and building forts and treehouses. He was also something of a rebel, too, pulling up surveyors'...

Returning streams to the open restores their function as green infrastructure and recaptures a lost public amenity.

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