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What is Health Policy & Environmental Change?

Policies in our schools, worksites, and communities affect our health choices and environment. Clean food preparation surfaces are required in restaurants, smoking isn't allowed in schools, and hard hats must be worn at construction sites. All of these protect the health and safety of citizens and were brought about through policy.

But there is a great deal more to do. In some communities, people can still be exposed to secondhand smoke in workplaces. Healthy choices aren't available in vending machines. Kids are subjected to frequent sugar snacks as part of their daily learning experience. Cyclists must face fast-moving traffic without bike lanes, and walkers find themselves locked in dreary stairwells. Policy and environmental change strategies can improve all of these situations.

DHPE provides tools and education that help leaders in their role to improve health within states and communities.


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