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Now showing on PBS public television stations throughout the United States:
A provocative new 4-hour series, "Designing Healthy Communities." Host/Narrator Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, looks at the impact our built environment has on key public health indices – obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer and depression. Dr. Jackson connects bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyzes and illustrates what citizens are doing about this urgent crisis by looking upstream for innovative solutions.

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  • Climate Change? The Answer is Pork

    Climate Change? The Answer is Pork

    Meat may play a much bigger role in climate change than is generally believed, according to a new study from the Worldwatch Institute which finds that 51 percent of global emissions are being caused by meat.  The commonly-accepted figure until now has been 18 percent. The controversial paper claims that United Nations figures have severely underestimated the greenhouse gases caused by tens of billions of cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and other animals in three main areas: methane, land use and respiration. Their findings […]

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  • Preventable Chronic Disease on the Rise; Obesity, Diabetes Undermining Country’s Overall Health

    Preventable Chronic Disease on the Rise; Obesity, Diabetes Undermining Country’s Overall Health

    United Health Foundation’s 2011 America’s Heath Rankings finds that troubling increases in obesity, diabetes and children in poverty are offsetting improvements in smoking cessation, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths. The report finds that the country’s overall health did not improve between 2010 and 2011 – a drop from the 0.5 percent average annual rate of improvement between 2000 and 2010 and the 1.6 percent average annual rate of improvement seen in the 1990s. Highlights of the report: Nation made no […]

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  • How Green Is That Fish?

    How Green Is That Fish?

    It’s not easy for conscientious shoppers to identify seafood that has been raised or caught with an eye towards environmental protection, and a new report from the University of Victoria says some of the labels on fish aren’t as much help as they might be. “How Green is Your Eco-label?” is designed to help seafood buyers sort through competing sustainability claims and better identify those labels that result in farming methods with less damage to the ocean. Key findings include: […]

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  • Vancouver Plans a Farm Atop a Parking Garage

    Vancouver Plans a Farm Atop a Parking Garage

    Generally speaking, there’s not much on top of parking garages except cars.  But in downtown Vancouver, B.C., a parking garage will host a high-density “VertiCrop” farming structure, the first in North America. Valcent Products has signed an agreement with the garage owners to build the 6,000-square-foot vertical farm, which will feature 12-foot-high stacks of growing trays on motorized conveyors that will ferry plants around to be watered, to catch the sun and, finally, to be harvested. The array will produce […]

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  • Atlanta Getting New Streetcar Line

    Atlanta Getting New Streetcar Line

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and local officials have kicked off construction of a new 2.6-mile streetcar line that will run through the heart of Atlanta’s business, tourism, and convention corridor, bringing jobs and new development to the city and reflecting President Obama’s blueprint for an America that’s built to last. “President Obama called on us to rebuild America by putting people back to work on transportation projects that are built to last, like Atlanta’s modern streetcar […]

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  • Watch Dr. Jackson on Tavis Smiley

    Watch Dr. Jackson on Tavis Smiley

    Dr. Jackson appeared on PBS’ Tavis Smiley Show Jan. 31 to discuss his latest book, Designing Healthy Communities, and the PBS series of the same name. Watch this brief video for highlights of the broadcast. Watch Dr. Richard Jackson, UCLA School of Public Health on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley. Related Topics or Episodes:No Related Posts

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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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  • Twin Cities Light Rail Presents Health Opportunities and Risks, Pew Finds

    Twin Cities Light Rail Presents Health Opportunities and Risks, Pew Finds

    The rezoning around a planned light rail line in the Twin Cities would create both opportunities and potential risks for the health of the people in the communities it would pass through, according to a health impact assessment (HIA) released today by PolicyLink, TakeAction Minnesota, and ISAIAH, a nonprofit coalition of 90 congregations of various faiths in the Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud region. The HIA was made possible through a grant by the Health Impact Project, which is […]

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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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  • Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the Heart

    Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the Heart

      Parents and children under seige.  When U.S. industry and manufacturing collapsed or went elsewhere, cities like Elgin, IL, and Syracuse, NY, (like many communities in the United States) were left with the task of redefining themselves for a new paradigm.  Leading the way to a greener, more sustainable Elgin is a group of high school students.  Related Topics or Episodes:Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia Episode 3: […]

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  • Episode 3: Social Policy in Concrete

    Episode 3: Social Policy in Concrete

      Dr. Jackson believes it is every citizen’s right to live in a clean, healthy environment. This isn’t the case for many low-income neighborhoods, built near big transportation hubs and struggling industrial cities like Oakland, CA and Detroit, MI.  We meet a morbidly obese grandmother struggling to raise seven grandchildren, all of whom have asthma as a result of living near the Port of Oakland.  The city of Detroit resembles an abandoned war zone. Yet, hope blossoms in both. Related […]

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  • Episode 4: Searching for Shangri La

    Episode 4: Searching for Shangri La

      Dr. Jackson searches past and present America for healthy, sustainable communities of all sizes and shapes that can serve as models for the rest of the nation. His journey takes him to Roseto, PA, Prairie Crossing, IL, New York City, Charleston, SC, and the forgotten 1960s urban renewal project of Lafayette Park in Detroit, MI, the brainchild of 4 men, including visionary architect, Mies van der Rohe. Related Topics or Episodes:Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities […]

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