Project #82643 - wk 6 discussion

The built environment includes all of the physical structures of where individuals live, work, and play. This can include homes, buildings, streets, open spaces, and infrastructures. Additionally, the built environment includes "neighborhood social capital, such as interpersonal trust and accepted behavior norms, perceived neighborhood safety, and area deprivation" (Roman, Stodolska, Yahner, & Shinew, 2013). While everyone experiences a different built environment, it is the influence of physical features and social constructs of the built environment, when unequally distributed that contribute to health disparities. 

Consider for example that when neighborhood safety and social capital is high, physical activity levels increase and obesity risks decrease among U.S. children. (Roman et al., 2013).

How can farmers markets decrease obesity prevalence? Is having access to a safe and clean park equipped with bicycle and running trails effective for promoting regular exercise? As you reflect on features of the built environment that you may be familiar with, consider how these features may play a role in the health outcomes experienced by different populations.

For this Discussion, view the media piece, Unnatural Causes: Episode 5, in this week's Learning Resources. Think about how the information presented in the media relates to health and well-being. Then, select a community with which you are familiar and consider how physical features of this community might impact health outcomes.

Post an explanation of how affordable, quality, and safe housing conditions promote health. Explain how home ownership (or lack thereof) might affect conditions in your community. Then describe twophysical features in a given community that can have a positive and negative impact on health outcomes and explain why.

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