Sunday, June 17, 2012

Designing Healthy Communities

Terri Harding, AICP, is the City of Eugene’s Public Involvement Program Manager. As a new Board Member with the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, she is assisting with event planning for the evening talk with Dr. Richard Jackson described below. Terri asked for help to promote Dr. Jackson’s presentation so I’m doing my part by announcing it here. 

The Education and Outreach Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, along with 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Oregon Environmental Council, and the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program is proud to present the 2012 Healthy Communities Speaker Series with Dr. Richard J. Jackson

Richard J. Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to built environment and health. He is host of a 2012 public television series Designing Healthy Communities which links to the J Wiley & Sons book by the same name published in October, 2011. He co-authored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places in 2011. He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. 

Dr. Richard J. Jackson

Dr. Richard Jackson will discuss the link between our health and the way our communities — especially our suburbs — are designed. Obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are all aggravated by the auto-centric way we live our lives today. For the first time in two centuries, children today face shorter life expectancies than their parents due to unhealthy lifestyles. It doesn’t have to be this way. Dr. Jackson will talk about how well designed communities and better transportation choices can enable physical activity and improve both our physical and mental health. 

For more information about Dr. Jackson and the Designing for Healthy Communities project, go to:

What:     Designing Healthy Communities, a presentation by Dr. Richard Jackson 

When:    Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 
               5:00 pm to 5:45 pm – Reception 
               5:45 pm to 7:00 pm – Lecture and question and answer

Where:   Eugene Public Library, Bascom-Tykeson Room 
               100 W 10th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401

For more information, contact Terri Harding, City of Eugene, (541) 682-5635 

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