Dr. Richard Jackson, host of the PBS series Designing Healthy Communities, will deliver a keynote lecture at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Monday Club as part of the Central Coast Bioneers Conference. Dr. Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an editor of Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being and Sustainability, a book that offers a comprehensive look at the human health implications of buildings, neighborhoods and cities.
A former pediatrician and director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Jackson realized the connection between health issues, such as the diabetes, asthma, depression and heart disease, and the toxic environmental conditions we have created through poor community design.”If you wanted to find a way to make someone out of shape, overweight, and depressed, you probably couldn’t do a much better job than creating an environment where more than half of the people in America cannot buy a carton of milk without getting in a car and riding somewhere,” notes Dr. Jackson. His talk will cover the innovative solutions being realized in communities around the U.S. that can serve as a model for the rest of the nation.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available on our website or at AtMODsphere, 1119 Chorro Street, SLO. Dr. Jackson’s book Making Healthy Places will be available for purchase at the conference bookstore and a book signing will follow the lecture.