Our environment affects every one of us every day. It shapes our health and well-being and influences health-related issues like physical activity, healthy eating, mental health, injury prevention and health equity.
A safe environment is a “built” environment that positively impacts our physical and mental health, safety, sense of community belonging and the economic health of our community.
The built environment is our physical surroundings. It is the infrastructure we encounter in our daily lives, like buildings, parks, schools, proximity to stores, road systems and trails. Positive community design and development of urban and rural spaces takes the health of its residents into consideration.
Lambton Public Health, community planners, and decision-makers in municipal settings share a responsibility to shape healthier environments and promote positive healthy behaviours by considering how their communities would benefit most when planning action for the built environment.
Lambton Public Health focuses on five areas that lead to a safe environment:
- Healthy transportation networks
- Healthy food systems
- Healthy neighbourhood design
- Healthy natural environments
- Healthy housing
Help ensure Lambton County has a safe environment by:
- Looking at your local land-use plans and policies and think about how they impact your health
- Getting involved in a community group, or share your voice and ideas with your local municipality