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Design for Health: The Relationship Between Design and Noncommunicable Diseases

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Published

Journal publication date09/2011
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Journal numberSupplement 2
Volume16
Number of pages24
Pages134-157
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The authors explore the relationship between design and noncommunicable diseases, first by highlighting how design knowledge and practice can have a direct and indirect effect on these diseases. They then review the literature on the link between the physical environment (e.g., dwellings, the neighborhood, cities) and noncommunicable diseases. Last, they illustrate the links between design and noncommunicable diseases by exploring in greater detail how designers and the design of the urban environment can play a positive role in the reduction of noncommunicable diseases.