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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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  • 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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  • 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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