Designing Healthy Communities is a four-part documentary that explores how current urban design is making thousands of people sick by contributing to high rates of asthma, childhood obesity and chronic illness. It shows examples of healthy community design and looks at cities that are finding creative solutions to these complicated problems. The show will air Sundays, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, at 1 pm
Retrofitting Suburbia Aug. 31 at 1 pm
Physician and public health expert Richard Jackson uncovers an unexpected cause for our nation’s epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Jackson demonstrates our nation is suffering from a “common source epidemic”: a widespread public health problem caused by a single environmental factor. We see how an auto-focused environment discourages walking and biking and leads us to spend more sedentary time in our cars. But communities around the country are learning to fight disease through better urban planning.
Rebuilding Places of the Heart Sept. 7 at 1 pm
Meet children and families suffering from asthma and other consequences of unhealthy communities. Host Richard Jackson leads us on a tour of three mid-size communities working to rebuild “places of the heart”: towns and cities where families, history and community interconnect.
Social Policy in Concrete Sept. 14 at 1 pm
Host Richard Jackson shows “where you live is a big predictor of how long you’re going to live.” We examine a number of creative solutions, including clean diesel, urban farming and farmers markets.
Searching for Shangri-La Sept. 28 at 1 pm
Richard Jackson searches for America’s best communities – past and present. These healthy, sustainable communities range in size and type, but each is a model for healthy design. The episode also examines best practices for community design from leading thinkers.
Funding is provided by The Kresge Foundation, working to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit.