“Eat healthy food. Don’t talk to strangers. Always wear your bike helmet.” Were your parents always right? Exploring the intersection of health and city-building
Is safety and health a matter of personal choice, or are there other more important factors at play?
Strapping on a helmet for a bike ride won't do you much good if your route is dangerous. Dietary advice can't be followed if healthy food choices are unobtainable due to cost, scarcity or both. The perfect neighbourhood may prove to be unhealthy if it doesn't support social interactions.
Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place is pleased to announce the second engagement of our speaker series. The series is intended to showcase local talent and research in anticipation of our conference convening September 12 to 15 at the Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver. Our conference theme is “Moving Toward a Healthier World,” and this speaker series event, like our conference, will challenge conventional thinking on health and safety.
Professor Kay Teschke, UBC, will discuss her research findings on the determinants of cycling safety such as infrastructure, helmet usage, demographics and mode share. Keltie Craig will discuss Vancouver's Healthy City Strategy. The first four-year action plan has been adopted by Council, and implementation will include actions related to placemaking, cultivating connection and belonging, physical activity and active transportation.
About the speakers
Keltie came to the world of social policy and health promotion with a background in environmental sustainability and community planning. She is currently leading the collaborative implementation of the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy, an ambitious and far-reaching social sustainability plan with a vision for a “Healthy City for All.” Reaching the 13 goals of the Healthy City Strategy will require strong inter-sectoral and inter-departmental partnerships, and Keltie is working with a large team of stakeholders who agree: “we are all in this together.” Health and well-being affect everyone, and are everyone’s business.
Kay Teschke is professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She initiated the Cycling in Cities Research Program in 2004 to investigate route infrastructure that encourages or discourages bicycling and that increases or decreases risks of cycling injuries. She serves on BC Road Safety Strategy Working Committees (Safe Roads and Communities, Research and Data), the BC Coroner Service Child Death Review Panel on pedestrian, cycling and non-motorized fatalities, and the BC Road Safety Law Reform Group.
Claire Gram (Moderator)
Claire Gram has an MA in community and regional planning and an undergrad in international development. She has worked for almost 20 years in Population and Public Health at Vancouver Coastal Health addressing the determinants of health through partnerships, policy, leadership and advocacy. Currently, she works as a policy consultant and Healthy Built Environment lead with a primary focus on healthy communities, healthy built environments and food security. Vancouver Coastal Health is a regional health authority that provides a full range of health care services serving 25 per cent of BC’s population (over one million people) in urban, rural and remote communities.