Health and the built environment

project overview

Since about 2005 we have been investigating the relationship between the built environment and community health. We first examined indicators that might identify the relative contribution of the built environment to health. Later we turned our attention to the potential for optimizing investments in the built environment to improve health outcomes for youth.

Atlantic Canada has high rates of obesity and low rates of physical activity. The ENACT project – Environment, Nutrition, and Activity – looks at the policy context around managing the built environment and also at how youth aged 12-15 years use the built environment. More information about ENACT is available at the project web site.