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The environment in which we live has a huge impact on our long term health. A significant amount of research is available on the link between urban community design and healthy behaviours. However, to date, the influence of built environment in rural settings has not been studied in great depth. This presentation will focus on three main areas: a) evidence on the connections between elements of the built environment, healthy eating and physical activity b) connections between healthy eating, physical activity and health equity in rural, remote and northern communities c) a summary of the evidence and key findings to guide policy and research directions. This presentation will be of interest to those working across disciplines and sectors to create healthy community design in non-urban areas. This research was supported by the Centre for Health Promotion and Public Health Agency of Canada.
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Presenters: Kim Bergeron and Sue Cragg
Kim Bergeron is a Health Promotion Consultant at Public Health Ontario and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queen’s University. She has over twenty years facilitating multidisciplinary partnerships to create healthy, sustainable communities. Kim works towards policy change, program development, and improving standards of practice.
Sue Cragg is an independent Knowledge Broker. She has nearly thirty years of experience in bringing science to a wide audience in accessible language and formats, and bridging the gap between researchers, public health promoters, policy makers, practitioners and the general public.
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