Designing Healthy Communities
“Designing Healthy Communities” is a groundbreaking documentary series that explains the link between community health and the places we live. Pediatrician and public health expert Richard Jackson shows how our cities and suburbs are contributing to nationwide epidemics of asthma, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and mental health problems.
For the first time in American history, today’s children are likely to have shorter lives than their parents. Rates of obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are all growing rapidly, taking a terrible toll on our lives, our health care system and our GDP.
Series host Richard Jackson identifies a surprising root cause for this health crisis: the design of our cities and suburbs. Drawing from his experience as a pediatrician and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health, he shows how widespread societal health problems are typically traceable to environmental factors.
The series explores reliance on the automobile, lack of access to healthy food, poorly designed streets, blighted buildings and polluted air and water. Jackson also shows us places where activists and city leaders are banding together to protect the health of their communities. Finally, we visit some of the nation’s healthiest communities, past and present, and discover what we can learn from them.
"Designing Healthy Communities" airs at 11 a.m. on Sept. 21 and 28 on PBA30.
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