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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Health by Design

I have a retreat in Tahoe this day, so I can't attend. Hopefully someone I know will go and report back. If you are interested in good planning, check this out:

Health By Design
Upcoming symposium explores ways to plan for healthier communities

Thursday, Oct 20, 2005 - Sacramento

Has the design and construction of the American suburb led to poorer
health? Are there long-term public health consequences to building
schools, offices and stores far from where people live?

Experts point to long commutes and short neighborhood drives as not
only adding to air quality problems but also inhibiting physical activity.
The results, they say, can be seen in the rising rates of obesity,
asthma, osteoporosis, heart problems and a variety of other chronic
maladies. Excess weight and physical inactivity alone are not only the
nation's leading causes of premature death behind tobacco-related illnesses,
they also come with a very expensive price tag. In California,
obesity-related problems cost more than $20 billion a year in medical bills,
injuries and lost employee productivity.

Such costs, both physical and financial, will be among the focal points
at a unique, one-day symposium in Sacramento this fall. Experts
ranging from architects and physicians to land-use planners, developers and
public health officials are coming together to explore the broad impacts
of the 'built environment' and the ways subdivisions, urban centers and
roadways have been designed in recent decades - and how better planning
could improve public health.

Featured speakers include: Dr. Richard Jackson, former California State
Public Health Officer and a nationally recognized advocate on planning
for better health in built environments; Dan Solomon, renowned
architect and urban designer; Don Chen, executive director of Smart Growth
America; Edward O'Neil, director of the Center for Health Professions at UC
San Francisco.

(916) 734-5390

Sponsored by UC Davis Health System and the American Institute of
Architects--Central Valley Chapter. This event is approved for CME credit.

thus spake Maya 9:16 AM
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