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Spring conference: Creating healthy active environments – moving from rhetoric to reality?

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29th March, 2023 : 10:30 am 3:00 pm

The built and natural environments have profound impacts on people’s health, wellbeing and life chances. We know, for example, that substandard housing increases the likelihood of respiratory, cardiovascular and communicable diseases, as well as mortality. Poor-quality housing is associated with poor mental health, and can cause stress, depression, and anxiety. Our neighbourhoods are also crucially important to our mental and physical wellbeing. Those which discourage walking and have poor cycling infrastructure can have negative impacts on residents’ mental wellbeing and can increase the risk of type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and musculoskeletal conditions.

These links have been known for a long time, and yet too often we are seeing homes and places that undermine people’s health and wellbeing rather than help improve it. Nowhere has this been demonstrated more clearly than in Health Equity in England: the Marmot Review 10 Years On, which showed that places matter dramatically to life expectancy.

This conference will focus on what people and places can and are doing to reunite planning and health in the hope of inspiring even greater ambition and action.

Keynote address: Creating more active places to boost the health of the nation

Chris Boardman

National Active Travel Commissioner for England and Chair of Sport England


10:30Welcome and introduction from the chair
Chair: Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association
10:35Keynote address: Creating more active places to boost the health of the nation
Chris Boardman, National Active Travel Commissioner for England and Chair of Sport England
11:05Supporting practical action:

Active Design 3
Robert Holt, Sports England
Building for a healthy life
Amy Burbidge, Head of Design and Master Development, Homes England
Tackling health inequalities – The role of the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes and the Place Standard Tool
Irene Beautyman, Place & Wellbeing Partnership Lead at the Improvement Service & Public Health Scotland
12:05Facilitated discussion and audience Q&A
12:30Break for Lunch
13:15Welcome back and introduction to the afternoon session from the chair
Chair: Julia Thrift, Director of Healthier Place-making, TCPA
13:20The Sovereign ‘Homes and Place Standard
Emma Wilson, Head of Development Policy, Strategy and Performance at Sovereign Housing Association 
13:45Making it happen – the challenges and opportunities and myths and realities

East Suffolk Cycling and Walking Strategy – Jason Beck, Planner (Policy and Delivery), East Suffolk Council
Lambeth Kerbside Strategy – Simon Phillips, Assistant Director for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Response, Sustainable Growth and Opportunity Directorate at London Borough of Lambeth

Belfast Healthy Cities – Aranvir Singh Gawera, Programme Officer, Belfast Healthy Cities
14:30Facilitated discussion and audience Q&A

This conference is supported by Sport England


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Photo credit: Elliot Manches, from the Centre for Ageing Better resource library

Free – £168.00
United Kingdom