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We have a big problem.
We have engineered physical activity out of peoples’ lives by building communities that require the use of cars. This physical inactivity costs $1.4 billion dollars in healthcare expenses each year in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). What's worse, over the next 17 years these costs and congestion will increase as we add 2.2 million people and their cars to the GTHA.
This timely presentation by Gayle Bursey discusses how the design of communities can significantly impact your health.
There is no single solution to this challenge; however, Gayle will describe how city planners, engineers and health professionals are working together in New York City and in the GTHA to create communities that are well-designed, transit friendly and socially connected.