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Designing Healthy Communities

- 4 DVDs and Companion Book

4 Episode DVDs
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 with four extra bonus videos. Dr. Jackson makes the case that the rapidly deteriorating public health of our citizens is linked directly to nearly half-a-century of bad design decisions, now frozen in concrete. Each of the 4 hours looks at the different impacts our built environment in urban and suburbia areas have on key public health indices---obesity, diabetes, heart, asthma, cancer and depression. Dr. Jackson links bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyses and illustrates how ordinary citizens, including many young people, are trying to do about this urgent crisis, now on the front pages of many newspapers, by looking upstream for solutions before ill health and disease occurs. Dr. Jackson inhabits the frontier between public health and urban planning, and offers us hopeful examples of innovative transformations.    

Companion Book
The Companion book 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. Co-authors Jackson and Sinclair look at the root causes of our malaise and highlights healthy community designs achieved by planners, designers, health professions, and community leaders working together, many for the first time. Ultimately, Dr. Jackson encourages all of us to make the kinds of positive changes highlighted by this book.

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