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UAlbany Hosts Healthy Infrastructure Symposium

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 17, 2005) -- The University at Albany's Initiative for Healthy Infrastructure will conduct a one-day symposium to identify and propose solutions to key issues that support an improved environment for physical activity in New York State. The symposium's emphasis will be on creating infrastructure for walking, bicycling and trails - and overcoming obstacles to the implementation of these facilities. The symposium will be held March 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Empire Commons on the UAlbany uptown campus.

Among the key issue to be discussed are School Safety Zone Regulations that make it harder for kids to walk or bike to school, and "Ryan's Law," a new proposal to allow police to take away the license of a driver who has killed a pedestrian or cyclist.

The conference is hosted by iHi - the Initiative for Healthy Infrastructure at UAlbany, a project funded by the New York State Department of Health’s Healthy Heart Program.

“This is a new kind of conference - it is focused on solving key problems that affect the health and quality of life of people throughout New York State,” said Jeff Olson, co-Director of iHi.

“American is experiencing a public health epidemic because people don’t get enough physical activity - this Symposium will help create important solutions,” said Catherine Lawson of the UAlbany department of geography and planning, a sponsor of the session.

Additional information is available on the iHi website at or by calling (518) 442.4778


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