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ULI Presses Developers To Help Combat Obesity, High Blood Pressure

The group seeks to draw a link between development and public health.


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The Urban Land Institute’s Houston chapter is holding a panel discussion today, convening developers and other stakeholders from around Texas. It’s part of a multi-year initiative by the sustainable development group called “Building Healthy Places.” The purpose of the initiative is to encourage developers to take account of public health problems when designing new projects.

Ann Taylor is the executive director of Urban Land Institute Houston. She says improving people’s access to exercise and fresh foods can help combat such threats as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

“I think one of the really important things is to look at projects that are accessible to people at all income levels,” Taylor says, “So it’s not just for people who can afford the very best but also for people who have very limited means financially. How can we design places that encourage healthier lifestyles for people in all those situations?”

The panel takes place today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Junior League of Houston.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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