Webcast: Public Health and the Built Environment

REPLAY VIDEO: On Tuesday, March 19, NOWCastSA will record the opening plenary session of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's first-ever conference on the built environment's impact on public health at the St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

NOWCastSA intended to webcast the presentation live, but due to unforseen technical difficulties, was unable to do so. Instead, the team is recording the event and will post it here on this page to replay.

Rick Bell, executive director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York chapter, will address the work carried out by AIA and the New York City Department of Health in creating the Active Design Guidelines.

The handbook, available online for download, provides architects and urban designers with strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets and urban spaces, based on the latest academic research and best practices in the field.

According to a news release, the conference represents an effort to bring attention to the correlation between the built environment and its impact on chronic health conditions.

"While tuberculosis and HIV continue being important public health issues, the lack of exercise and expanding waistlines affecting the population contributed to the obesity epidemic of the 21st century. This conference will bring together public health professionals, architects, designers and other professionals interested in learning more about the correlation between the two."

The Public Health and the Built Environment conference will be held in conjunction with the Texas Public Health Association’s annual education conference, held Mar. 20-22 also at the St. Anthony. To register for the conference visit: http://www.texaspha.org/Default.aspx?pageId=425478.

Thanks to the underwriting support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., anyone can replay Rick Bell's presentation "Fit City and the New York City Active Design Guidelines" here on this page after the event.

Disclosures: San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Director Thomas L. Schlenker, M.D., M.P.H. is also a member of NOWCastSA's board of directors.  Pilar Oates is the former director of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Inc. and also a member of NOWCastSA's board of directors.