FitCity 9: Promoting Physical Activity through Design


The AIA New York Chapter, Center for Architecture, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is holding the FitCity 9 conference at The New School University Center on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Speakers and participants will examine how design of the built environment can create opportunities for increasing physical activity and access to healthier food and beverages and help to improve health equity across neighbourhoods. The program brings together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, public health professionals, and community residents and leaders to discuss how design, policy, and practice decisions can address the key health epidemics of our time: obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and asthma.

This year’s event will explore the alignment of health-promoting design with the priorities of the new administration, including the creation of affordable housing that promotes resident and community well-being and the safe and equitable access to active transportation and transit with Vision Zero’s street safety goals.