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ULI Releases the Building Healthy Places Toolkit report

This week, ULI officially released the Building Healthy Places Toolkit report. You can read more about the report, and download it and other collateral at www.uli.org/toolkit.

The report  shows that the built environment (including buildings, streets, and neighborhoods) has a profound impact on health outcomes. Professionals who influence the built environment can play a significant role in creating healthier communities. Recognizing the value of creating healthier communities, the Urban Land Institute developed the Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment report. This resource outlines 21 practical, evidence-based recommendations that the development community can use to promote health at the building or project scale. Toolkit recommendations are organized according to three main categories: physical activity, healthy food and drinking water, and healthy environments and social well-being.

Recommendations are accompanied by evidence-based strategies, suggested best practices, project photos, case studies, quotes by developers and others putting these ideas into practice, and project schematic diagrams that illustrate actionable implementation opportunities at a variety of project typologies and scales. The report also includes a summary of certification systems that include elements that relate to human health.

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