We live in a densely populated country and there is a lot of pressure on our living environment. This means that we have to make smart use of possibilities to keep our living environment clean, healthy and safe.

In recent years there have been more and more indications that physical and social aspects of the living environment have an effect on people's health. Organising the living environment properly can have a beneficial effect on people's health. This means, for example, nature and water in the neighbourhood, cycling and walking facilities, the appearance and location of buildings, local meeting places and opening up neighbourhoods and, in connection with this, limiting traffic-related emissions and accidents.

A properly organised living environment stimulates social contacts and makes it easy and safe to move around and that can help to prevent obesity and related illnesses such as diabetes, depression and cardiovascular diseases. Greenery and water in the living environment help to reduce the effects of climate change such as flooding and heat stress. Residents of a green residential environment feel healthier and are less likely to need their GP. People with a lower socio-economic status, children and the elderly benefit, in particular, from more greenery in the residential environment. 

A healthily organised living environment is, however, not enough to have a positive effect on people's health. Behaviour and lifestyle also play an important role.

Would you like to find out more or take action yourself?

Healthy Design Guide [Gezondontwerpwijzer]