Arizona Forward Stewardship Summit Ties Community Design to Health and Wellness

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 11.19.29 AMArizona Forward’s Stewardship Summit is a half-day forum focusing on the impact of the built environment on public health because zip codes definitely influence how long we live. While many factors affect community design, health and wellness hasn’t often been considered but that’s changing locally, nationally and globally. According to the 2013 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Arizona is now 19th in the nation when it comes to citizens being physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. Surprisingly, recent Danish Twin studies reveal that 80 percent of how long we live is based on how we live – our lifestyles, habits and culture - while only 20 percent is based on genetics or our access to basic healthcare.

Leading voices on the connection between community design and health will address:

  • How community design impacts health and wellness
  • Why people live longer, healthier, more active lives in Blue Zones around the world
  • Where Arizona communities rank

The agenda for the summit is as follows:

Thursday, June 12 (8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) 8 – 9 a.m. - Registration, Networking & Interactive Exhibits 9 – 10:30 a.m. - Welcome; Blue Zones: Extending Lives Around the World 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. - Statewide Mayoral Panel (Avondale, Sedona, Casa Grande) 11:30 – Noon - Networking & Interactive Exhibits 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Keynote

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 North 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

You will get to hear from the following experts:

Dr. Richard Jackson, a renowned change agent, author and host of a four-hour PBS series, Designing Healthy Communitieswill provide the keynote on public health challenges arising from our built environment. He’ll show how good designers and builders are health leaders, and how architecture and landscape can improve health through increased walking, more daylighting, and better air quality.

Amy Tomczyk will spotlight Blue Zones – five communities spanning the globe where people live longer, healthier, more active lives. These areas have nine characteristics, coined the POWER 9, and planners are working to mirror them across the U.S.

Local panelists: Suzanne Pfister, newly appointed CEO of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, will reveal her first 100 days in office; andShannon Scutari, co-founder/director of the Sustainable Communities Collaborative will demonstrate the power of public/private partnerships.

Statewide mayoral panel:  Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers,Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson and Sedona Mayor Rob Adams will showcase innovative initiatives that Arizona cities are undertaking to promote more sustainable.

To register for and learn more about this important summit, click here.