CAC, CHS co-sponsor walkability summit

UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community and College of Health Sciences are sponsors of the first Indiana Walk Summit, a conference this week in Indianapolis on creating walkable communities.

The event takes place Wednesday and Thursday at the Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center, 1801 W. 86th St. Attendees will include community leaders, health professionals, transportation advocates, and city and town planners from throughout the state who are interested in how walkability affects a community’s quality of life and economic vitality.

The Wednesday agenda from 1 to 4 p.m. includes workshops on best practices, model policies and tools and resources for communities that want to provide safe and convenient pedestrian experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Thursday’s all-day conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. features keynote presenters Scott Bricker, director of America Walks; Suzanne Carlson, pedestrian program manager with the Chicago Department of Transportation; and Phillip Tuso, national clinical lead for total health with Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute.

The event is organized by the Health by Design coalition, an initiative of the Alliance for Health Promotion. More detail on the program and registration is available at healthbydesignonline.org.