Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pediatricians talking about the built environment

The American Academy of Pediatrics this week came out with a policy statement on the built environment -- for example, encouraging changes in neighborhood design that are more favorable to walking and cycling.

The tone of such statements is typically bland, with lots of passive voice. For a bit more rhetorical punch and visual impact, here is an unpolished but interesting video lecture by Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, a former CDC official and current chair of the Environmental Health Sciences department at UCLA.

The CDC website has a bunch of related resources and links.


Unknown said...

I love seeing the connection between the built environment and public health get some time in the spotlight. Thanks for posting this!

Jeremy said...

This is a great blog. I really enjoy the topics you address. I'm sort of curious as to what you have to say about fast food and the obesity epidemic it's causing. Any thoughts?
In the meantime, I suggest you check out Corporate Accountability International's "Value (the) Meal" campaign. It talks about many of the issues you're concerned with - sustainability, healthy eating, curbing exploitation, etc. Here's the link in case you're interested: .
We need more activism in this country, and this is a great way to start. But until then, keep up the good work!


Jackie said...

Cool video. Very sensible. It seems to cut off before the end, just so you know.