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Improving Health Through Planning
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  • Dec 13, 2011
On Dec. 7, 2011, MPC hosted Improving Health Through Planning, a roundtable addressing the assumptions planners make about the health impacts of planning decisions. Read the full event recap.
How planning can bolster community health
View the panelists' presentations (combined into one 2.1MB PDF). In planning, we tend to make major “if, then” assumptions: “The presence of a grocery store in a neighborhood that previously lacked one will cause residents to make healthier food choices.” “New…
Alternative Avenues: How Livable Communities Promote Health and Wellness
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  • Nov 12, 2010
Listen to this Nov. 3, 2010, MPC roundtable forum about the effects of community and workplace design on public health, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
Obesity in Chicago: The Problem and Some Solutions
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  • Nov 11, 2010
Presented by Adam Becker, PhD, MPH, executive director, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, on Nov. 3, 2010, at the MPC roundtable, "Alternative Avenues: How Livable Communities Promote Health and Wellness," sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. The presentation examines…
Why Wellness? The Cost of Doing Nothing
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  • Nov 11, 2010
Presented by Paul B. Handel, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Health Care Service Corporation (which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois), on Nov. 3, 2010, at the MPC roundtable, "Alternative Avenues: How Livable Communities Promote Health and Wellness," sponsored by…
MPC's Nov. 3 roundtable will explore how livable communities promote health, wellness
By Aleece Smith, MPC research assistant Thanks to the health care debate, most of us are familiar with the financial woes, social isolation, and high morbidity rates caused by poor health. We know that practicing unhealthy behaviors will likely lead us to one or more of these bleak consequences.…
What's your prescription for a healthier Chicago?
What do you think makes a community healthy? Is it safety measures, quality housing and transportation options, access to fresh food, or proximity to quality health care and amenities? Or is it some combination of all of these factors? Whatever you believe, here’s your chance to influence the…

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