From workplaces, schools and neighborhoods designed to encourage exercise to advertising campaigns promoting healthy foods, the places we live and the information we receive about food and exercise have a profound effect on our well-being.
Architects, a former NFL star, a nun and others spoke at a Washington Post Forum June 18 about efforts outside of traditional health care improving the health of Americans. Join the conversation and watch video highlights from the forum below.
Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore talks about working with kids as a health, education and fitness ambassador in Michigan.
Acting Surgeon General Rear Adm. Boris D. Lushniak says society should go back to walking. “Think about it as a patriotic duty for the good of our nation.”
David Erickson is the director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He says, “Your body is essentially the sum record of your challenges and responsibilities.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., describes how the environment and climate change are inextricably linked to health.
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., tells Post political reporter Chris Cillizza about progress made in cutting the state’s obesity rates.
Sister Susan Vickers is the vice president of community health at California-based Dignity Health. She says the perception of lending in low-income communities is riskier than the reality.
Economist Alice Rivlin says we should be healthy because it’s good for us, not because it’s good for the economy.
Margaret Montgomery, sustainability leader for NBBJ — a global architecture, planning and design firm, talks about designing within the confines of an older building.
As cities become more walkable and livable, more and more affluent individuals and families are migrating back, says David Dixon, head of Stantec’s new Urban Group.
Designer Dina Sorensen and pediatrician Dr. Matthew Trowbridge talk about collaborating across disciplines to renovate an elementary school in Buckingham County, Va. that now encourages students to eat healthy and exercise.