Rices Kinder Institute to host Feb 11 talk about designing healthier cities

first_imgShare1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected]’s Kinder Institute to host Feb. 11 talk about designing healthier citiesHOUSTON – (Feb. 3, 2016) – Can cities be designed to help people’s health, rather than harm it? James Sallis, a health and wellness expert, will discuss how careful planning can ensure a healthy community in his upcoming public talk, “Designing Cities for Active Living,” hosted by the Kinder Institute Forum, part of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The event, which is free, will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative.JAMES SALLIS (PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES SALLIS)WHO: Health and wellness expert James Sallis, a distinguished professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California-San Diego and the director of Active Living Research (http://activelivingresearch.org).WHAT: “Designing Cities for Active Living,” a public talk hosted by the Kinder Institute Forum.WHEN: Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.WHERE: Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, located at 6500 Main St. A campus map is available at http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.Sallis is a distinguished professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California-San Diego and the director of Active Living Research. His primary research interests include promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, sedentary behavior, nutrition and obesity. Sallis’ health-improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities and companies. He is the author of over 600 scientific publications, serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is one of the world’s most-cited authors in the social sciences. Thomson-Reuters identified him as one of the world’s most creative scientific minds of 2014.Sallis’ current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the Bloomberg-Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. He is president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.The Kinder Institute Forum is the lecture series designed to share ideas about the most pressing urban issues facing society today. The Kinder Institute aims to convene and engage thought leaders, policymakers and civic-minded members of the Houston community. By hosting these free public discussions, the Kinder Institute provides an opportunity for Houston residents to enhance their understanding of cities and contribute to positive changes in our community.Interested individuals may RSVP at http://kinder.rice.edu/JamesSallis. Media interested in attending the event should RSVP to Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at [email protected] Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Kinder Institute website: http://kinder.rice.edu/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/sallis-2010.jpgPhoto credit: James Sallis. AddThislast_img read more