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Fireside Chat: Road to Health: Improving Walking and Cycling in Toronto, CHNET Works

July 6, 2012

1:00 p.m. EDT

Active transportation is an important part of the toolbox used to design healthy, liveable communities. Cities that enable walking and cycling for transportation can expect increases in physical activity and reductions in chronic disease. These improvements in public health translate to quantifiable economic benefits.

Toronto Public Health is among the public health departments across Canada   focusing on active transportation and healthy built environments. This prevention focus – and the associated quantifiable health benefits – is leading to new types of relationships between public health practitioners, planners, and transportation engineers.

This Fireside Chat will discuss some of the methodologies for quantifying the health impacts of active transportation – and the associated challenges. It will describe the IndEco / Toronto Public Health recent work in this field, Road to Health: Improving Walking and Cycling in Toronto. Finally, it will explore opportunities to use the results of these economic assessments to enable collaboration and action on active transportation.

Who should attend?

  • Staff from local / municipal public health departments and units.
  • Provincial health departments and non-profit organizations focused on health and transportation.
  • Land use and transportation planners.

Advisors on tap:  Carol Mee, M.Ed, B.Sc., R.N., Supervisor, Environmental Information and Education, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health; Rosie Mishaiel, B.A.Sc., M.H.Sc., Health Promotion Consultant, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health; Shawn Chirrey, M.A., M.H.Sc., Manager, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health; David Heeney, M.E.Des., B.Sc., IndEco; and Deborah Lightman, M.C.P., B.Sc., IndEco

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