These posts are intended to share news related to public health and planning — and showcase collaborative projects happening across the nation. Many of these projects are looking at designing healthy places, which include active modes of transportation and increasing access to healthy foods. Stay tuned for more updates about the movement to build healthy, vibrant places where we live, work, and play!
Why Farmers Market? Infographic
Farmers Market Coalition // Daniel Blaustein-Rejto // July 28, 2015
In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, August 2-8, we are highlighting the many reasons why farmers markets are more than just a place to find fresh, local food. Across the country, evidence shows farmers markets are significantly improving the health and well-being of their community, economy, and environment. And as support for farmers markets continue to grow, so will the ways their communities prosper.
Share this infographic at your market, with your networks, and with your neighbors and friends to generate further support for farmers markets nationwide!
Using Collective Impact to Reduce Childhood Obesity: Considerations from a National Convening
Active Living by Design // Risa Wilkerson // July 15, 2015
About 1,700 people met in San Diego, California, two weeks ago with one thing in mind: eliminating childhood obesity in the United States. Yes, it’s about children’s health — and so much more. Obesity is not only linked to many chronic diseases and illnesses, but is also associated with social and emotional challenges such as bullying and depression.
“Physical health impacts mental health. Academic success and student health go together,” said former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, who spoke at the 8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, the nation’s largest, most influential collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity/overweight. Giving our children the healthiest start and the best opportunity for a high-quality life is critically important for them and for us as a nation.
Unraveling the Relationship Between Climate Change and Health
The New York Times // Sabrina Tavernise // July 13, 2015
Is climate change a serious threat to human health? Simple logic would suggest the answer is yes, a point that the Obama administration is using to build support for the president’s effort to make climate change a centerpiece of his final months in office.
A White House report listed deepening risks. Asthma will worsen, heat-related deaths will rise, and the number and traveling range of insects carrying diseases once confined to the tropics will increase.
Foundation for the Public’s Health Unveils New Model of Support
Foundation for the Public’s Health//Paul Yeghiayan//July 7, 2015
Seeking to support chronically underfunded segments of our nation’s public health system, The Foundation for the Public’s Health launched in July with an ambitious agenda aimed at creating a new model of support for local health departments.
The Foundation will serve county and city health departments, providing financial and consulting assistance to public health projects as well as educational opportunities in fund development.
Two Santa Monica Parks Up For Prestigious Global Design Award
Santa Monica Lookout// Hector Gonzalez// July 3, 2015
Santa Monica’s Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square are finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s 2015 Open Space Award, one of a handful public space projects selected from around the world, City officials announced this week.
Designed by James Corner Field Operations of New York City, the 7.4 acre park is one of only six nominees for the annual award recognizing and rewarding “an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community,” said the Urban Land Institute (ULI) on its website.