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Globally, nearly 25% of all deaths and the total disease burden can be attributed to environmental factors including:
Source: Healthy People 2020 [Internet]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Environmental Health. Retrieved from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/environmental-health .
The environment around you has a huge role in your well-being. This includes your living space, the campus, community, region, and the earth. It is important to recognize the impact the environment has on our well-being, and likewise, the impact our actions have on the environment. What is good for the environment will ultimately contribute to personal and societal well-being.
For example, when you use public transportation, ride a bike, or walk to your destination, you contribute to cleaner air, a societal good. At the same time you benefit. You may have extra study time if taking the light rail or bus. You reap the benefits of physical activity if biking or walking. Either way, you save money on parking, gas and car expenses.
Actions that contribute to environmental wellness include: