Supporting health is more than treating people when they get sick. Optimal health is determined by many factors, including where we live, go to school, work and play. Creating built environments that foster health and well-being includes working with community partners to ensure access to such things as well-stocked grocery stores, public transportation and recreation facilities.
The emerging complete streets movement is a good example of how to create built environments that support health. Complete streets include sidewalks for pedestrians and safe lanes for bicyclists.