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.
Nicholas Mukhtar is the founder and CEO of Healthy Detroit, a public health organization aimed at creating healthy, active communities in Detroit.
Networkingout CEO Terrence Thompson talks about the new 5:00 p.m. pastime popping up on sidewalks across Detroit.
Chris Allen, CEO of the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, says health organizations in Detroit are learning to collaborate — moving the city’s care system from a sick care model to one based on population health and wellness.
Dr. Dino Beckett is a family physician and CEO of the Williamson Health and Wellness Center. He talks about creative ways to prevent and reduce diabetes and its impact on communities like Williamson, W. Va.
Dan Nissenbaum, the managing director in the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, says banks are looking for investments in community health with returns that justify and incentivize continual support.
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.
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.
Margaret Montgomery, sustainability leader for NBBJ — a global architecture, planning and design firm, talks about designing within the confines of an older building.
Economist Alice Rivlin says we should be healthy because it’s good for us, not because it’s good for the economy.
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.