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Creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being. More information via Rethink Urban.

Providing leadership by considering health and well-being when making policy and planning decisions. One of the five pillars of the Healthy Communities Approach. More information via The Senate Sub-Committee on Population Health.

The prevention of health problems (e.g., disease, injury). More information via The Institute for Work & Health.

An approach which ensures that health promotion actions and supports are proportionate to the level of need, and are not targeted only towards those in greatest need. Those who need more services or support are given a level of support that matches their need, but so are those who need slightly less support. More information via NHS Health Scotland.

The organized efforts of society to keep people healthy and prevent injury, illness and premature death. Public Health uses programs, services and policies to protect and promote the health of all Canadians.

An area or place that is open and accessible to people of all genders, races, ethnicities, ages or social classes. These are public gathering spaces such as plazas, squares and parks. Connecting spaces, such as sidewalks and streets, are also public spaces. More information via UNESCO.