DOT Secretary LaHood: Transportation Plays Critical Role in Healthy Communities

Sep 5, 2012, 12:56 PM

The National Prevention Strategy is a national effort engaging 17 federal agencies to develop cross-sector strategies to reduce preventable illness and disease and improve Americans’ health. The goals and actions of the Strategy were in full force last week at a roundtable on the intersection of health and transportation, convened by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   This was also communicated nationwide in a blog post by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

From Secretary LaHood’s post:

We know that the transportation choices we make play an important role in building and maintaining healthy communities. For example, safer roadways and traffic patterns reduce crashes. Streets where walkers and bikers are protected from motor vehicles encourage people to get more exercise as part of their daily routines. Increasing the transportation options available in a community helps reduce congestion and air pollution even as it ensures that communities have access to necessary services like full-service grocery stores and doctors’ offices.

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.