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"Smart Growth" and Public Health

Don Chen, Director, Smart Growth America

Program Description:
The Smart Growth movement is an effort to address the impact of development on quality of life. Rather than continuing with existing trends that promote suburban sprawl and move people away from community centers, Smart Growth seeks to restore community, preserve open space and foster economic development. The Smart Growth movement, with its emphasis on creating community environments that allow for and even promote physical activity as part of our daily lives, is particularly important to public health. In this program, Don Chen, Director of Smart Growth America, focuses on the implications of this new development trend for public health activities that address both environmental and chronic disease concerns.

As a result of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Smart Growth movement
  • Describe the connection between sprawl and public health.

Satellite broadcast originally aired December 20, 2001.

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