Simple transportation decisions we make every day – whether it’s to go to work, go to school, run errands or visit the doctor – can significantly impact our health. That’s why communities across the country are counting on smart transportation policies that help improve health. So, to help build momentum around the intersection of transportation and health, APHA has developed principles that health advocates can use to evaluate transportation policies with respect to health and equity. Take a look at the 10 principles here:
Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation. Sign-up your organization today (click here) to support these important principles.
Transportation policies are closely tied to public health on a number of levels; they may lead to increased risk of asthma, obesity, cancer, mental health disorders and heart disease. These effects are often disproportionately felt by vulnerable communities, including the poor, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities. How does transportation affect health in your community? Share your comments below.