Events: Plan It Calgary Event- Public Health and the Built Form

Plan It Calgary is hosting an event to provide citizens with an opportunity to view a summary of the public feedback that has been collected over the past 18 months. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to hear internationally renowned speakers Lawrence Frank and Dr. Gavin McCormack speak about the links between public health and the built environment.

Date: February 13, 2009

Location: Fort Calgary

Time: Doors Open 1 p.m.

Presentations and discussion 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee and Reception 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

To register for this event, please fill visit, or call Stephanie (403) 268-5634.

Speaker Information:

Dr. Lawrence D. Frank, Ph.D., AICP, CIP, ASLA

Dr. Frank is the Bombardier Chairholder in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Non-resident Fellow of the Brookings Institution. He specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality, and health. He has been studying the effects of neighborhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability for over 15 years. He has lead or co-authored dozens of papers and two Island Press books Health and Community Design, The Impacts of The Built Environment on Physical Activity and Urban Sprawl and Public Health on these topics.

Dr. Gavin McCormack, Ph.D., MSc

Dr. Gavin McCormack is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Population Health Intervention Research Centre, University of Calgary. He has a PhD in Public Health from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Science degree in Sport Science from Edith Cowan University in Perth (Western Australia). In 2007, Gavin was awarded an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical research Fellowship to undertake research investigating the relationship between the built environment, neighborhood walkability, and physical activity among Calgarian adults. Gavin also collaborates on research being undertaken in Western Australia investigating the relationship between the built environment and physical activity among school children and population-based monitoring of physical activity participation among adults and children. Dr. McCormack will talk about the role neighborhoods play in promoting and encouraging physical activity participation and how improving the way in which cities are built could have a sustained positive influence on health at the population level.


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