Healthy Communities Speaker Dr. Jackson Coming to Eugene

The Education and Outreach Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, along with 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Oregon Environmental Council, is proud to present the 2012 Healthy Communities Speaker Series with Dr. Richard J. Jackson.

Richard J. Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to built environment and health. He is host of a 2012 public television series Designing Healthy Communities, which links to the J Wiley & Sons book by the same name published in October, 2011. He co-authored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Placesin 2011. He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects.

Dr. Richard Jackson will discuss the link between our health and the way our communities — especially our suburbs — are designed. Obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are all aggravated by the auto-centric way we live our lives today. For the first time in two centuries, children today face shorter life expectancies than their  parents due to unhealthy life styles.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Dr. Jackson will talk about how well-designed communities and better transportation choices can enable physical activity and improve both our physical and mental health.

For more information about Dr. Jackson and the Designing for Healthy Communities project, go to: http://designinghealthycommunities.org/.

Statewide sponsors of this event are the Education and Outreach Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, 1000 Friends of Oregon, and the Oregon Environmental Council.

Please join Dr. Jackson in Eugene:

  • Tuesday, June 19th
    5:00 pm to 5:45 pm – Reception
    5:45 pm to 7:00 pm – Lecture and question and answer
    Eugene Public Library, Bascom-Tykeson Room
    100 W 10th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401
    For more information, contact Terri Harding, City of Eugene, (541) 682-5635
    Local sponsors are City of Eugene, Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth, and PeaceHealth
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