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Nov 21, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Diabetes discussion will talk city design and moving

Beach Mirror

The South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) and The Diabetes Education Community Network of East Toronto (DECNET) are hosting a Diabetes Month event called Diabetes in the Real World: City Design Should Move US!

Framed as a panel discussion, organizers hope the event will spark a dialogue among the community, clients and their families as well as a critical examination of how our environment affects our health.

Diabetes in the Real World: City Design Should Move US! will take place Thursday, Nov. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the SRCHC, 955 Queen St. E., just east of Carlaw Avenue.

The evening’s speakers will include Paul Hess of the University of Toronto and Marisa Creatore of the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital as well as Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner for the City of Toronto, Dr. Gillian Booth, an endocrinologist and a scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and Nancy Lea Smith, director of the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation.

“Our aim for the community panel event includes raising awareness about how the built environment impacts physical activity choices by influencing walkability, transit choices and recreational activities. We’d like to draw out the challenges that might exist, but also look at what future might be possible with active citizen engagement in planning,” said Hilary Hall, a registered nurse with DECNET, in a release.

For more details, contact Fiona Husband, a community outreach worker at the SRCHC, by email at FHusband@srchc.com or by calling 416-461-9043, ext. 377 or Hilary Hall, at ext. 350.

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