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Fit City Miami: Make Health Happen - Health and the Built Environment


Friday, January 17, 2014, Wolfson Campus, Room 3210,  8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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 --Awarding 9 hours of Professional Development (7 hours Face-to-Face, 2 hours post-workshop)

Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, currently heads the Built Environment Program at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Lee is the lead for the NYC Health Department in its work with 12 city agencies and other non-government partners in the development of the Active Design Guidelines (, published in January 2010. Dr. Lee is also lead for NYC’s Health Department in its partnership with the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter in organizing the annual NYC Fit City conferences. Before coming to NYC, she was with the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Rick Bell is executive director of American Institute of Architects (AIA), New York Chapter, overseeing its operations and communicating its policies. A registered architect and a Fellow of the AIA since 2000 for his prior work in the public sector, Rick currently heads the AIA national staff association, CACE, and represents it on the AIA national board.

Workshop Description:
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, architects and urban reformers helped defeat infectious diseases like cholera and tuberculosis by designing better buildings, streets, neighborhoods, water systems, and parks. In the 21st century, designers and health professionals can again play a crucial role in combating the most rapidly growing public health epidemics of our time. Today, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet are second only to tobacco as the main causes of premature death in the United States. Research suggests that evidence-based architectural and urban design strategies can increase regular physical activity and healthy eating and bring about healthier communities and well-being. This conference brings together a diverse set of professionals including the design community, planners, public health professionals and academics to explore the Active Design Guidelines (released in January 2010 in New York City) and how these strategies are being implemented across the country.  Urban and building design strategies and synergies between active design and sustainable design will be covered. Current efforts and opportunities to bring about understanding and implementation of these concepts in South Florida will be discussed.

Workshop Objectives:

As a result of participating in this workshop, participants will be able to:

-Discuss the relationships between health and the built environment

-List specific principles of the Active Design Guidelines

-Formulate plans for educating about and use of Active Design Guidelines in South Florida

-List specific human activities in urban daily routine that can utilize the built environment to improve physical activity and healthy eating

-Describe ways to incorporate key concepts of the Active Design Guidelines into a module for inclusion in course while covering competencies.

Evaluation Plan
Evaluation will include completion of workshop and development of a discipline-specific course module or lesson plan addressing health and the built environment. The lesson plan is due to the Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop and will be reviewed by the EEI director and then posted on the EEI website

Hosted by Earth Ethics Institute and MDC College Training and Development. To register:


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