02/29/2012 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Education Department of Kinesiology and the LSU Reilly
Center for Media and Public Affairs will present “Healthy Community Design: A Local
Policy Playbook for Health, Economics and the Environment” on Thursday, March 22,
from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Manship School of Mass Communication.
As we contend with pedestrian safety, health, and accessibility issues in our community,
pedestrian advocate and Reilly Public Policy Fellow Mark Fenton will report findings
from a walkability audit conducted with participation from local policy-makers and
civic group leaders. Audience members will consider how the public can influence policy
in regards to the built environment and how walking and bicycling can be encouraged
for public health. Fenton also will make a case for building a healthier Baton Rouge
community through safe and accessible pedestrian walkways.
Fenton is a facilitator with the Walkable Community Workshop series of the National
Center for Bicycling and Walking and a Safe Routes to School program developer. He
is an instructor at the University of North Carolina’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Information
Center. A contributing editor for Health magazine, he has hosted the “America’s Walking”
series on PBS television and authored books including “The Complete Guide to Walking
for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness.” Fenton studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, earning Bachelor and Master of Science degrees, and performed
research at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs
and in Reebok’s Human Performance Laboratory. Fenton is a recognized authority on
public health issues including the need for community, environmental and public-policy
initiatives which encourage more walking and bicycling.
For more information about this free public event, call the College of Education Department
of Kinesiology at 225-578-2913.
For more information about the Department of Kinesiology, visit www.lsu.edu/coe/kinesiology.
Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012