“Having worked at the intersection of health, space, and place for more than 10 years, I’m pleased to see the discussion of improving health outcomes moving beyond blaming the individual (consuming sugar-sweetened beverages or high-fat foods) and genetic predisposition, and more towards the discussion of how the environment influences health.

Our current Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary Bassett, often talks about how your ZIP code is more telling than your genetic code when predicting health. Last month, I moderated a discussion around “Design and Health” with two changemakers who are working at the ZIP code level: Enterprise Community Partner’s Elizabeth Zeldin and the Center for Active Design’s Lisa Creighton. I’m proud to say that the New York State Health Foundation has funded both of them to integrate health-positive design strategies in buildings across New York.”

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