Calendar of Events

Mon 06.08.2009

Fit-City 4: Promoting Physical Activity through Design

CES: 3.5 LUs, 3.5 HSW, 3.5 SD

When: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM MONDAY, JUNE 8

Where: At The Center   

Free and open to the public

How do we address and prevent obesity, the most rapidly growing public health epidemic of our time?
Fit-City 4 brings together public officials, health professionals, architects and designers to explore how buildings and urban design can increase physical activity and improve public health.

Can our design and planning communities combat obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma? The City of New York says yes, and has decided to take decisive action: the New York City Active Design Guidelines. Jointly developed by the Departments of Health & Mental Hygiene, Design + Construction, Transportation and City Planning, the Guidelines present design strategies which will support the integration of healthy behaviors into the daily lives of all NYC residents. Commissioners from the Departments of Health & Mental Hygiene, Design + Construction, Transportation, City Planning, Buildings and the Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities will present the new guidelines, followed by a series of panels, presentations and discussions.

Keynote speakers: Professor John Pucher, Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy and Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Chair of Department of Architecture, University of Texas at San Antonio.

Case studies: Jean Oei, Morphosis Architects on the New Academic Building for Cooper Union and Charles McKinney, Chief of Design, Capital Projects, NYC Parks & Recreation, on The High Line.

Organized by AIANY and the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.



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