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Healthy Mecklenburg by Design​


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Healthy Community Design

Where you live impacts your health and can even determine how long you will live and the quality of life you will experience. A healthy community as described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2010  report is one that continuously creates and improves both its physical and social environments, helping people to support one another in aspects of daily life and to develop to their fullest potential. Healthy places are those designed and built to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, worship, learn, and play within their borders—where every person is free to make choices amid a variety of healthy, available, accessible, and affordable options.


Healthy Community Design can improve people's health by:

  • Increasing physical activity;
  • Reducing injury;
  • Increasing access to healthy food;
  • Improving air and water quality;
  • Minimizing the effects of climate change;
  • Decreasing mental health stresses;
  • Strengthening the social fabric of a community; and
  • Providing fair access to livelihood, education, and resources.


Characteristics of a Healthy Community include:

  • Bike paths, sidewalks, greenways, and parks to recreate in and safely get to destinations by walking or biking;
  • Housing options that are affordable, healthy, and located in a safe and accessible neighborhood;
  • Grocery stores, healthy corner stores, community gardens, and farmers' markets with access to fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, dairy, and grains.
  • A connected transportation network and transit system that reduces the amount of time spent in a vehicle, vehicle speeds, and dependence on vehicle ownership.
  • A quality public education system offering learning opportunities and healthy learning environments for all ages and abilities.
  • Job and economic opportunities that allow employees to reach their full potential and support their families.
  • A safe natural environment including vegetation, animals, clean air, water, and soil.
  • Cultural and spiritual opportunities including public art, entertainment venues, and places of worship.
  • An appropriate mixture of land uses to allow people to easily access a wide variety of opportunities for housing, shopping, eating, entertainment, learning, worshipping, and working.
  • Community design and housing that allows a person to age in place, stay in the same neighborhood through multiple stages of life, and support multi-generational living.


Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Health Department
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County Health Department
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211


Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.


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