Designing Healthy Communities

A four-hour television series, which will debut at the same time a companion book is made available, takes a close look at how our built environment is affecting our personal health.

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A provocative new four-hour series soon to air on public television, Designing Healthy Communities, examines the impact of our built environment on key public health indices, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer, and depression. The series documents the connection between bad community design and burgeoning health consequences, and discusses the remedies available to fix what has become an urgent crisis.

Long in the making, the series looks well produced, immensely enlightening and even captivating. The four parts will include:

  • Retrofitting Suburbia, which will address health problems like obesity and diabetes
  • Rebuilding Places of the Heart, on reviving our older downtowns
  • Social Policy in Concrete, addressing the particular risks faced by low-income communities
  • Searching for Shangri-La, exploring whether there are "ideal" healthy communities

A companion book, also called Designing Healthy Communities, is available as well. It comes on the heels of the excellent compendium of essays, Making Healthy Places, co-edited with Andrew Dannenberg and Howard Frumkin, that was published last year. All editors are veterans of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

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