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Sunday, February 05, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

?Retrofitting Suburbia? airs on WVIZ-Cleveland

In a new TV series to air on public television in February, host and narrator Dr. Richard Jackson examines the impact the built environment has on key public health indicators. The film highlights the growing recognition that decisions about land use, community design, and transportation planning have a direct effect on physical and mental health, including the rate of obesity, the incidence of chronic diseases, such as asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and pedestrian injury and fatality.

Environmental conditions, such as poor air quality, deteriorated housing conditions, and ground and surface water contamination all are influenced by land-use planning and all have an effect on public health, especially on disadvantaged populations, including minorities, children, and the elderly. 

In the four-hour series, ?Designing Healthy Communities,? Jackson connects bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyzes and illustrates innovative solutions that residents of several cities in the United States are implementing in their own communities.

Episode I, ?Retrofitting Suburbia? airs on WVIZ, Channel 25, in Cleveland on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. In this episode, Jackson investigates the link between the nation?s obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemic with urban sprawl fueled by car dependency in Boulder and Denver, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia.

In a new TV series to air on public television in February, host and narrator Dr. Richard Jackson examines the impact the built environment has on key public health indicators. The film highlights the growing recognition that decisions about land use, community design, and transportation planning have a direct effect on physical and mental health, including the rate of obesity, the incidence of chronic diseases, such as asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and pedestrian injury and fatality. Environmental conditions, such as poor air quality, deteriorated housing conditions, and ground and surface water contamination all are influenced by land-use planning and all have an effect on public health, especially on disadvantaged populations, including minorities, children, and the elderly.  In the four-hour series, ?Designing Healthy Communities,? Jackson connects bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyzes and illustrates innovative solutions that residents of several cities in the United States are implementing in their own communities. Episode I, ?Retrofitting Suburbia? airs on WVIZ, Channel 25, in Cleveland on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. In this episode, Jackson investigates the link between the nation?s obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemic with urban sprawl fueled by car dependency in Boulder and Denver, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia.

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