Dr. Terry T-K Huang, professor at the City University of New York School of Public Health gave the introductory keynote presentation at the Healthy Urban Living Lecture Series at Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands on September 15. He spoke on how systems’ thinking informs innovative obesity solutions.
Going out for a run or bike to the office aren’t available choices for everyone. If we design the public space in such a way that it accommodates exercise and healthy eating, does that solve the problem?
Worldwide, people move en masse to cities. Apartment buildings and smog-inducing traffic jams are increasingly becoming the reality. How do we keep cities healthy despite the growing number of residents? What are the risks and challenges? The environment, the ‘outside’, has strong effects on the ‘inside’, our mental and physical health. Urban planning, public space, technology and architecture can play an important role.