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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Linking Planning With Health

Our system of urban planning was developed well over 100 years ago due to population health concerns.  Specifically, the need for infectious disease control resulted in a system of centralized urban services (water, sewer) along with the separation of land

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Stuck In Traffic

Canada is stuck in traffic.  We’ve followed a traditional suburban expansion model for our communities for so long now, whereby residential areas are so separated from employment / commercial areas, that now significant health and economic costs have been the result.

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Health & Economic Impacts

Physical activity (or lack thereof) is an important focal point of healthy communities, but it is not the only one given the wide range of determinants, including how we plan, design and develop our communities. $2.1 billion in Canadian health

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Eco City World Summit

Gearing up to give a “Planning for Healthy Communities” presentation, and participate in a full day session with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the other Healthy Canada By Design partners, at the Eco City World Summit on August 22nd

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Health & Economic Impacts

Heart disease and stroke cost the Canadian economy more that $22.2 billion every year in terms of physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and lost productivity. 32% of deaths in Canada are due to cardiovascular disease and the Heart &

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