Reconnecting Lee - Healthy Community and include Healthy Businesses and the Blue Zone project

APA Florida Chapter, Promised Lands Section


Thursday, July 16, 2015
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

Fort Myers, FL, United States

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Reconnecting Lee, is a group that advocates for new urbanist concepts, including transit-oriented design for Lee County’s emerging urban core. Debra Chesna, Healthy Communities Planning Consultant at Florida Department of Health in Collier County, is the confirmed speaker for the July 2015 meeting of Reconnecting Lee. Her presentation will include an in-depth discussion of what it takes to be a Healthy Community and include Healthy Businesses and the Blue Zone project information. The way a community is designed, including homes, schools, workplaces, streets and transportation systems can have major effects on the physical and mental health of residents. We can support a system of community design geared toward healthy living by incorporating walk-able and ride-able communities in our planning process. There are tools we can utilize to make it easier for the design community to include health in their planning process. The program is specific for an audience of professional planners, traffic engineers, developers, attorneys, community activists, neighboring governments, and other interested parties — specifically members of Reconnecting Lee. The presentation and discussion will focus on public health and planning. There will be one primary expert speaker, presentation, and opportunities for group interaction and questions and answers. The presentation is non-promotional in nature. The educational objective will be appropriate for AICP members as they learn new developments in transportation, health, land use and public policy. The speakers will draw on professional experience in land use planning, transportation planning, and other fields. The content will not be basic in nature, but will be an in depth discussion about critical matters to the public, developers, planners, engineers, attorneys and other professionals.