Health + Design – FitCityPHL 3 Keeps the Conversation Going

By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Sep 13, 2017

FitCityPHL 3

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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On Thursday, October 12, the 3rd annual FitCityPHL symposium will take place at the Center for Architecture. Led by Health Promotion Council, a subsidiary of Public Health Management Corporation, FitCityPHL explores design strategies in workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health. It brings together individuals representing the sectors of public health, architecture, planning, design, landscape architecture, development, research and evaluation, academia, philanthropy, and government to learn about how the built environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends currently facing communities – particularly obesity and other chronic conditions. By linking cutting-edge public health research with community design, FitCityPHL serves as a platform for fostering a community of practice to advance inclusive healthy design strategies.

FitCityPHL is part of a larger movement happening throughout the region and across the US to build collaborations among health and design, architecture, and planning professionals for the purpose of creating healthier communities. Locally, several organizations are building momentum towards a more integrated approach to design and health. Among those leading the way are Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission by convening planning and public health professionals through the Healthy Communities Task Force and Urban Land Institute Philadelphia and PennPraxis have launched the Building Healthy Places Gray’s Ferry Corridor Project. These conversations need to continue as Philadelphia’s economy grows adding more commercial, retail, and residential spaces; launches its Vision Zero strategy; and embarks on a $500M upgrade of its parks, recreation centers, and libraries known as REBUILD. Additionally, the surrounding counties are planning for transit oriented and mixed use development. There has never been a more critical time to explore how healthy living components can be designed into the places where individuals live, work, and play.

Education Credits Available:
6.25 AIA LU/HSW
4.75 APA AICP CM

Confirmed speakers include:
Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia Managing Director
Lisa Creighton, Vice-President/Director of Strategy and Development, Center for Active Design
Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Chair, Montgomery County Commissioners
Loren Robinson, Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Health
Dalton Paxman, Regional Health Administrator, United States Department of Health and Human Services
Christina Miller, Executive Director, Health Promotion Council
David Ferris, Assistant Program Officer, Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation

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