Are Planners Responsible for Public Health?

Christine Green reports on the ways in which transportation and planning professionals in the Washington D.C. area are working alongside public health professionals to tackle the obesity epidemic.

With low-income communities and communities of color suffering from higher rates of obesity and chronic disease in the D.C./Baltimore metropolitan area and throughout the country, Green highlights efforts by officials in Prince George's County, Maryland, and Fairfax, Virginia to increase access to healthy eating and expand opportunities for people to be physically active.

"Whether it's questions of commuting or questions of parks, transportation and planning professionals make decisions that affect travel and open spaces every day. These decisions need to be viewed as public health decisions."

Full Story: Planners are the new public health officials


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