LSU to present discussion on healthy community design

LSU to present discussion on healthy community design

POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 12:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 12:04am

The LSU College of Education Department of Kinesiology and the LSU Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs will present “Healthy Community Design: A Local Policy Playbook for Health, Economics and the Environment” on Thursday, March 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Manship School of Mass Communication.

As we contend with pedestrian safety, health, and accessibility issues in our community, pedestrian advocate and Reilly Public Policy Fellow Mark Fenton will report findings from a walkability audit conducted with participation from local policy-makers and civic group leaders. Audience members will consider how the public can influence policy in regards to the built environment and how walking and bicycling can be encouraged for public health.

Fenton also will make a case for building a healthier Baton Rouge community through safe and accessible pedestrian walkways. Fenton is a facilitator with the Walkable Community Workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking and a Safe Routes to School program developer.

He is an instructor at the University of North Carolina’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. A contributing editor for Health magazine, he has hosted the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television and authored books including “The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness.” Fenton studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning Bachelor and Master of Science degrees, and performed research at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs and in Reebok’s Human Performance Laboratory. Fenton is a recognized authority on public health issues including the need for community, environmental and public-policy initiatives which encourage more walking and bicycling.

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