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    Statewide tour in Oregon

    In June, Dr. Jackson partnered with the Education and Outreach Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Oregon Environmental Council, and the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program to spread the message of Designing Healthy Communities across the state. Traveling to six cities and meeting with more than 650 people, Dr. Jackson talked the talk and walked the walk of DHC. Meeting in libraries and city auditoriums, and leading discussions at luncheons, Dr. Jackson […]

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  • The “Grave Health Risks” of Poor Urban Design

    The “Grave Health Risks” of Poor Urban Design

    Dr. Jackson recently co-wrote an article appearing in The Atlantic Cities.  Writing with Michael Mehaffy, Dr. Jackson assesses the roots of the US obesity epidemic, and argues the same message that is the core of Designing Healthy Communities: the built environment can, and must be reassessed with human health in mind. You can read the full article’s text below or click here for the original post on The Atlantic Cities.   The Grave Health Risks of Unwalkable Communities Richard J. […]

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  • Dr. Jackson featured in US News & World Report article

    Dr. Jackson featured in US News & World Report article

    Dr. Richard Jackson, host of MPC’s Designing Healthy Communities, was recently featured in US News & World Report. The article, “Can ‘New Urbanism’ Bring Health to Your Neighborhood?” highlights the growing demand for mixed use, walkable development and urban-style living, being preferred by both young Millenials and baby boomers. Read the full article, published in US News & World Report on June 7, 2012, here.   Related Topics or Episodes:No Related Posts

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  • Town Hall Meetings Coming Soon!

    Town Hall Meetings Coming Soon!

    How can your community be designed to be healthier?  Public involvement is the key — and a series of DHC Town Hall Meetings will bring together community leaders in cities across the nation to discuss changes that can be made now and in the future to improve walkability and community involvement. Learn more in this video and contact us to schedule a Town Hall Meeting in your community. Email dale@mediapolicycenter.org, harry@mediapolicycenter.org or call 310/828-2966 to get the process started in your […]

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  • Walkability Raises Housing Values, Study Finds

    Walkability Raises Housing Values, Study Finds

    Can you walk to stores, schools and a park from your home?  If so, your house or condo may be worth substantially more than those in more isolated, pedestrian-hostile neighborhoods. That’s the finding of “Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Housing Values in U.S. Cities,” a study by Joseph Cortright that analyzed data from 94,000 real estate transactions in 15 major markets provided by ZipRealty and found that in 13 of the 15 markets, higher levels of walkability, as measured […]

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  • California’s Newest Parks Are Underwater

    California’s Newest Parks Are Underwater

    You normally think of parks as being places to walk or ride around.  But on January 1, Southern California will celebrate the grand opening of a series of underwater parks, or “marine protected areas,” that includes wildlife hot spots such as the La Jolla kelp forest, Laguna tidepools, and Catalina Island coral gardens. These parks will join a growing system that currently dots the shore from Santa Barbara to Mendocino, and will soon stretch the length of California’s coast. California will […]

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  • Episode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia

      Dr. Richard Jackson MD MPH, investigates the link between our nation’s obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemic with urban sprawl fueled by car dependency. To prevent disease through better urban planning, Boulder, CO redesigns the city to make bicycles a safe alternative transportation. Related Topics or Episodes:Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 2: Rebuilding Places of the HeartEpisode 3: Social Policy in ConcreteEpisode 4: Searching for Shangri LaDesigning Healthy Communities […]

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  • Designing Healthy Communities – Companion Book

    Designing Healthy Communities – Companion Book

    The Companion book to the  “Designing Healthy Communities” video series highlights how we design the built environment, and its potential for addressing and preventing many of the nation’s devastating childhood and adult health concerns. Related Topics or Episodes:Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the HeartEpisode 3: Social Policy in ConcreteEpisode 4: Searching for Shangri LaDesigning Healthy Communities Complete DVD Series

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  • Designing Healthy Communities Complete DVD Series

    Designing Healthy Communities Complete DVD Series

    A provocative and challenging new 4-hour public television series (2012), Designing Healthy Communities, hosted by celebrated author and teacher Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, is now available on this special DVD set. Related Topics or Episodes:Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the HeartEpisode 3: Social Policy in ConcreteEpisode 4: Searching for Shangri LaDesigning Healthy Communities – Companion Book

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  • Atlanta Beltline

    Atlanta Beltline

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  • Dr. Richard Jackson on Zoning Laws

    Dr. Richard Jackson on Zoning Laws

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  • Response to the Built Environment

    Response to the Built Environment

    Good design and construction improves the usefulness, quality, and beauty of where we live. It can save precious resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve energy efficiency. And it can go one step further: It can promote and preserve health and human well-being. A century ago, it was clear that health depended on physical environments. It was intuitively obvious (and later scientifically documented) that living in dark, poorly ventilated, crowded housing increased the risk of “consumption” (tuberculosis) and other diseases. […]

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