Rx For Better Health: WALKING, BIKING, MOVING
National expert on healthy, active living, James F Sallis, Ph.D., will speak in Portland (10/7), Beaverton (10/7), Salem (10/8), Eugene (10/9), and Bend (10/10) to discuss how community design, land use, and transportation policies affect our ability to be more physically active – and, in turn, our ability to stay healthy throughout life.
Today, more than 1.8 million Oregonians, representing 62 percent of the population – and nearly a quarter of Oregon’s eighth- and 11th-graders – are overweight or obese. In 2009, obesity-related illnesses cost the state about $1.6 billion in health care costs. Moreover, physical inactivity itself – whether or not a person is overweight or obese – is recognized as a major risk factor for various chronic diseases.
While public health officials have long understood that toxins in air, water, and food can harm human health, many now recognize that the way communities are designed and laid out – and the extent to which transportation policies help or hinder walking and bicycling – can dramatically affect the level of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, found in the population.
Public event at the Beaverton Round on October 7, 5:30-7pm
James F. Sallis, Ph.D., distinguished professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California-San Diego, and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research program, will lead the discussion, which will take place between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Training Center at the Beaverton Round Executive Suites (12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 390, Beaverton, OR 97005).
Free! Register here.