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Earned sick leave laws reduce the spread of contagious illnesses, increase employment and income stability, and save cities money in health care costs.
Children who attend high-quality pre-k are more likely to succeed in school, go on to stable jobs and earn more as adults—all of which are linked to better health and stronger communities.
As cities grow, it’s important that residents of all income levels have access to affordable housing that sets them up for good health.
Complete streets policies unlock opportunities by allowing city residents to safely walk, bike, drive and take public transit around their community.
These are policies that put cities in charge of the location and practices of alcohol retailers. Neighborhoods with high concentrations of alcohol sales are linked to more drinking and higher rates of violence and driving under the influence. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 44% of all U.S. homicides with drinking. Policies that govern where, when and how alcohol may be sold in a neighborhood can reduce crime, increase safety, and decrease spending on health care and criminal justice.
Curbing tobacco use among young adults has been shown to decrease the number of people who start—and continue—smoking.
Comprehensive smoke-free air laws protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke and reduce smokers’ consumption of tobacco—the leading cause of preventable death in the US.
Policies requiring food establishments to publicly post safety inspection “grades” empower consumers, reduce foodborne illness rates and cut down on health care costs.
Policies that make sure healthy food options are available on public property aid city residents in making smart decisions that will help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight.