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Community Development Minute: The Built Environment

Did you know that the built environment can influence overall community health and individual behaviors such as physical activity and healthy eating? Well it can!

The CDC defines the built environment as the physical makeup of where we live, learn, work, and play.

How can a community’s built environment be instrumental in improving health outcomes? By increasing residents access to activities that promote health. For example, the University District partnered with UA Little Rock to provide fitness center access to residents. The establishments of community gardens and a farmers market provides access to healthy foods. These community resources are of equal importance when it comes to improving the health of a community.

You can find more info about the healthy initiative activities at uddclittlerock.org.

Dr. Janea Snyder is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) in Health Education and Promotion for the School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where she majored in Health Studies. Both her undergraduate and master's degrees were conferred at UA Little Rock. Dr. Snyder hosts Community Development Minute on KUAR, a one-minute educational program, which highlights the work of Community Development organizations like the University District Development Corporation (UDDC), which supports the UA Little Rock neighboring communities. She serves on the board of the UDDC.