Sustainability would help boost U.S. life expectancy
Illinois' Elgin Daily Herald reported on a presentation by Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the IoES & School of Public Health, in which he spoke about the connection between public policy, health care, urban planning and life expectancy in the U.S.
Dr. Jackson gave the keynote address on April 28, 2011 for GreenTown 2011, a one-day symposium on sustainability and environmental issues held at the The Centre of Elgin. Jackson’s appearance was sponsored by Elgin Community College.
In a wide-ranging discussion drawing on public policy, health care and urban planning, Jackson tried to show how the way we design our cities has a profound effect on public health.
If we ignore the ways our environment affects our health, Jackson argued, “we’re for the first time looking at declining life expectancy in the U.S.”
To read the full article by Jameel Naqvi click here.
Published: Friday, April 29, 2011