Speaker Name(s): Gayle Nicoll, B.Tech., M.Arch., Ph.D.
Description: North Americans are experiencing an epidemic of chronic health issues related to inactivity which contributes to over 200,000 unnecessary deaths in North America each year due to stroke, cancer, obesity and diabetes. Research indicates that daily moderate physical activity plays an important role in physical and mental health promotion and disease prevention. This lecture will provide an introduction to the risks of inactivity; discuss research linking physical activity with the design of the built environment and the ways that research evidence is being used to create healthier more active urban and building environments.