APA Speaker Series 2016 - July Session: Preventable Planning: Day-to-Day Steps to FitCommunities
Friday, July 29, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. PDT
West Sacramento, CA, United States
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2016 APA Speaker Series
Vital Signs: On the Pulse of Planning for Healthy and Equitable Communities
Grab your data, put on your Fitbit, warm up your stethoscope, and join our coalition of community planners, designers, and public health professionals to discuss how to keep our communities vital and fit now and into the future!
Planners and public health officials and practitioners have long understood that community design impacts the health of community members. As the importance of environmental health and equity is increasingly recognized, there are new opportunities for planners, public health professionals, government, and community stakeholders to collaborate on advocating for and creating healthier places while advancing the shared goals of livable, inclusive communities; increased mobility and access to resources; economic vitality and opportunity; and reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The SacValley APA 2016 Speaker Series will use all six sessions to examine how planning and public health can integrate resources and actions to diagnosis, treat, prevent, benchmark, and celebrate the success of communities as they strive to improve the health of their residents, as well as that of their infrastructure and economy. Let us help cure what ails you; sign up now!
From General Plan policies to on-the- ground development projects, how can health be integrated into planning and design practices to support the daily pursuit of healthy choices and lifestyles? This session will explore leading edge tools to promote physical activity and access to healthy foods. We’ll first focus on General Plan policy, with information from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research’s General Plan Guidelines update effort and examples on how the General Plan can set the stage. We’ll then explore how Health Impact Assessments can inform development project decisions and be used to effectively engage community members and leaders. Lastly, we’ll examine how careful review of Zoning Codes, Design Guidelines, Specific Plans, and Conditions of Approval can guide projects by addressing both physical activity and food access to bring healthy living within reach of all people.