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The AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has held eleven annual FitCity conferences.

Speakers and participants examine how design of the built environment can create opportunities for increasing physical activity and access to healthier food and beverages and help to improve health equity across neighborhoods. The conference brings together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, public health professionals, and community residents and leaders to discuss how design, policy, and practice decisions can address the key health epidemics of our time: obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and asthma.

Conference participants also hear how the strategies included in the Active Design Guidelines are implemented by multiple government and non-government organizations in communities throughout NYC and across the country.

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